A view of Falkland Palace from the gardens on a sunny summer's day. A stretch of green lawn ends in a collection of different trees and shrubs. Behind those the stone walls of the palace are visible, with the tower stretching up into the blue sky.
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Falkland Palace & Garden

About this place

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

  • Explore a Royal Hunting Lodge, used and beloved by Mary, Queen of Scots.
  • Admire the spectacular Renaissance architecture of the palace.
  • Learn about many of the finest examples of the Trust’s conservation work, including centuries-old carvings, paintings and furniture.
  • Discover one of Britain’s oldest original real tennis courts, built for James V.
  • Take a stroll around the beautiful garden and explore the wildflower meadow and orchard.
  • Enjoy the colours and scents of the Physic Garden.

Falkland Palace & Garden provides a unique opportunity to explore a royal ‘pleasure palace’ with a Victorian twist.

Inspired by the grand châteaux of France, successive Stuart royals transformed this favoured retreat into the Balmoral of its day, now one of the finest surviving examples of Renaissance architecture in Scotland.

One of Falkland’s most famous royal residents – Mary, Queen of Scots – was enchanted with the palace, and took advantage of Falkland’s vast estate to pursue falconry and hunting, while also enjoying a game of tennis in what is now the oldest surviving real (or royal) tennis court in the world.

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Today's Opening Hours

Palace, Shop and Garden
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Entry prices

One adult family
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At all Trust places, admission is free for members.

Join from £5.20 / month

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Accreditations and awards

  • A navy oval badge from the Scottish Tourist Board, showing 4 stars for a Visitor Attraction. There is an illustrated green and purple thistle at the top of the badge.
  • Green Tourism Gold Award

Did you know?

King Robert III’s eldest son, David, died of starvation while being imprisoned at Falkland in 1402.

Venue hire

Falkland Palace is the perfect venue for weddings, corporate events and private parties.

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School visits

We welcome school visits at Falkland Palace & Garden and there’s lots of fascinating history to discover!

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Online shop

Explore our collection of Outlander gifts and merchandise, created for the National Trust for Scotland. Shop for Outlander-inspired earrings, pendants, scarves and books.

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