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Falkland Palace & Garden

A fine Renaissance palace with an extensive formal garden and one of Britain’s oldest tennis courts
Woman in Renaissance costume playing tennis in Falkland Palace court
Overview
  • Explore the country residence of the Royal Stuarts, adored by Mary, Queen of Scots.

  • Admire the spectacular Renaissance architecture.

  • 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.

  • Stroll around the beautiful garden and orchard.

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Today’s Opening Hours

Palace & Garden
11.00 - 17.00
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Entry prices

Adult
£13.00
Family
£30.00
One adult family
£23.50
Concession
£9.00
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About this place

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

Inspired by the grand châteaux of France, in the 16th century James IV and his son, James V, transformed this favoured retreat of the royal Stuarts – the palace became one of the finest 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.

Today, visitors can wander through our historic orchard, complete with a living willow labyrinth, and marvel at the beauty of our formal gardens designed by Percy Cane.

Although it fell into disrepair after 1660, Falkland Palace was saved from ruin in the 19th century by the 3rd Marquess of Bute. Innovative and passionate, Bute gave the palace a new lease of life.

Intricate wood-panelling, impressive painted ceilings and beautifully carved furniture provide a visually stunning insight into Bute’s artistic vision, showcasing his respect for the palace’s Renaissance roots.

Our accreditations and awards

  • Visitor 4 Star Award
  • Green Tourism Gold Award

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