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Falkland Palace & Garden

Getting here

Address Falkland Palace Falkland Cupar Fife KY15 7BY

Falkland Palace is in the village of Falkland, 11 miles north of Kirkcaldy and 11 miles south-west of Cupar.

Contact information

Telephone: 01337857397

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Opening times

Palace

Last admission is at 16.15

1 Jan–28 Feb, closed Current period1 Mar–31 Oct, daily, 11.00–17.00 1 Nov–28 Feb 2023, closed
Garden

Last entry to the garden at 4.30pm

1 Jan–28 Feb, closed Current period1 Mar–31 Oct, daily, 11.00–17.00 1 Nov–31 Dec, closed
Shop

1 Jan–28 Feb, closed Current period1 Mar–31 Oct, daily, 11.00–17.00 1 Nov–23 Dec, Wed–Sun, 11.00–17.00 24–31 Dec, closed

Entry prices

Palace & Garden
Adult
£13.00
Family
£30.00
One adult family
£23.50
Concession
£9.00
Garden
Adult
£6.50
Concession
£5.00

Members go free

At all Trust places, admission is free for members.

Join from £4.65

Planning your visit

We want you to enjoy your visit – your safety is our priority. This means we’ve had to make some changes so that we can keep everyone safe. Please read our Guide on what to expect before you set off.


What to expect during your visit

For everyone’s safety, we’ve made some changes, so your visit may be different to what you’re used to. Please help us by following any directions given by staff.

Pre-booking is not required but entry may be staggered to help with the safety of visitors, staff and volunteers. There will be no guided tours or room cards, but there are room guides throughout the Palace who will answer all your questions to the best of their abilities.

In line with government guidelines, you’re advised to wear a face covering in indoor places (unless you’re exempt), so please bring one with you. Please use hand sanitiser where provided. Enhanced cleaning regimes are in place, but we ask visitors to be respectful towards our collection and mindful not to lean on or touch any of the furniture or surfaces.


New for 2022: Platinum Jubilee exhibition, May–October 2022

As part of Falkland Palace’s celebrations to mark Her Majesty’s Platinum Jubilee we are delighted to exhibit, for the first time, a Royal Company of Archers uniform from our collection within the Keeper’s Dressing Room. The Jubilee exhibition opened on 19 May and runs until 31 October 2022. Entry is included with normal admission to the palace.

Read more: A Jubilee exhibition at Falkland Palace


Outdoor theatre – summer 2022

A Midsummer Night’s Dream
Thursday 4 August (grounds open 6pm; play begins 7pm)

As in the Bard’s day, The Festival Players International will perform with an all-male company of skilled professional actors. They invite you to share in the colour, poetry and magical mayhem of this unique and amazing play, truly a summer treat for the whole family.

Book your tickets now


Please note that access to the garden is via the shop.

Parking is available in the nearby public car park.

There are several cafés and tearooms in Falkland village.

We regret that dogs are not permitted in any part of the palace or garden, with the exception of assistance dogs.

Mass is still held every Sunday morning in the Chapel Royal.

For more information about planning your visit please see our frequently asked questions.

Facilities & access

We have an ongoing programme of accessible content development. Detailed accessibility guides for the most visited Trust places are available on our Accessibility pages as well as links to useful resources.

We’d love you to visit the Euan’s Guide website to review the accessibility of Trust places and tell us (and others) what’s good and where we need to do better.

Please note that there is an accessible toilet at the car park in the centre of Falkland, a short walk from the palace.

Children’s activities
Hearing loop
Large print

Free parking is available in the nearby public car park (signposted).

Very limited street parking can be found opposite the Palace; it is restricted to 30 minutes only.

Picnics

Follow in the footsteps of Mary, Queen of Scots as you explore the royal apartments. The re-created King’s and Queen’s Rooms allow us to visualise their former splendour.

Discover the fascinating stories of the palace, its residents and its treasures by chatting to our expert (and sometimes costumed) guides.

Visit our physic garden, laden with fragrant Renaissance-era herbs, bedded in the foundations of what was once the Great Hall.

Explore the unique living willow labyrinth or play a game of chess on the giant outdoor board.

Explore the Apothecary, the newest room in the palace, where you can learn about cures for ailments that affected medieval royals and common folk alike. Based on the room’s use for filming Outlander, it’s a fully hands-on experience.

Browse a specially selected range of gifts, books and plants at the palace shop. Our large selection of plants grown here in the palace garden provides a fabulous opportunity to take a piece of Falkland home with you.

You can also see our great collection of gift ideas and Outlander-inspired products at our online shop.

Toilet

Please contact the palace in advance to arrange wheelchair access to the gardens.

A wheelchair is also available to use by prior arrangement.

The building of Falkland Palace is unsuitable for wheelchairs or anyone with mobility challenges due to the number of stairs. However, ‘armchair visits’ are available via the guidebook and there’s access to many parts of the garden via the main entrance (some gravel paths).

The shop is not suitable for wheelchairs – there are four steps into the shop from the street entrance.