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Falkland Palace & Garden

A fine Renaissance palace with an extensive formal garden and one of Britain’s oldest tennis courts

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.

This property is part of the ‘We’re Good to Go’ scheme, which means we have carried out an official COVID-19 risk assessment to check we have everything in place to reopen safely.

Please be aware that for the health and safety of visitors, volunteers and employees in our hospitality venues, we will record the name and contact details of everyone who enters in order to support NHS Scotland’s Test and Protect. This information will be used to enable NHS Scotland to contact you should you have been in the venue around the same time as someone who has tested positive for coronavirus. We are obliged to process this data to comply with The Health Protection (Coronavirus) (Restrictions) (Scotland) Amendment (No. 11) Regulations 2020. Please see our Data Protection page for further information.

Further to this, in National Trust for Scotland non-hospitality settings, where there is either a pre-booking system in place or there is the potential for close contact (eg in some of our smaller properties), we will ask visitors to provide limited contact information. This is for the purposes of managing the number of visitors and also to support NHS Scotland’s Test and Protect. For further information, please see our Data Protection page.


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.

From Wednesday 11 August pre-booking is no longer 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 required 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.

Pre-booking until 8 August

We have introduced an advance booking system to allow us to manage visitor numbers. Members can book for free, while non-members will be asked to pay at the time of booking. Due to the size of our property, we will cap ticket numbers each day, so please book in advance to avoid disappointment.

No more than 6 people or 3 households will be permitted per 20-min time slot.

We strongly advise that you pre-book before travelling. If you do not pre-book, we cannot guarantee entry to the palace.

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

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.

Please see our drop-down Facilities below for helpful information about planning your visit.

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

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

If you’d like to speak to us we can be contacted by email on falklandpalace@nts.org.uk or telephone 01337 857397.


Outdoor theatre this summer

Shakespeare’s Henry V at Falkland Palace & Garden
Sunday 15 August

Festival Players International bring you Shakespeare’s most popular history play: Henry V.

After a rebellious and spirited youth, carousing in the taverns of London, Prince Hal takes on the responsibility of kingship and leads his troops across the Channel to do battle with the French at Agincourt. Follow the charismatic King Henry V in this stirring tale of leadership, bravery, humour and love; two hours of exhilarating entertainment for a summer’s evening!

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Facilities & access

  • There’s an accessible toilet at the car park in the centre of Falkland, a short walk from the palace.

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.

Buggy access
Children’s activities

Parking is available in the nearby public car park.

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.

Opening times

Palace

Last admission is at 16.15

1 Jan–26 May, closed Current period27 May–31 Oct, Wed–Sun, 11.00–17.00 1 Nov–31 Mar 2022, closed
Garden

Last entry to the garden at 4.30pm

1 Jan–27 Apr, closed Current period28 Apr–31 Oct, Wed–Sun, 11.00–17.00 1 Nov–31 Dec, closed
Shop

1 Jan–27 Apr, closed Current period28 Apr–23 Dec, Wed–Sun, 11.00–17.00 24 Dec–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 £50