The Linlithgow Palace was one of the principal residences of the monarchs of Scotland in the 15th and 16th centuries. Although maintained after Scotland's monarchs left for England in 1603, the palace was little used, and was burned out in 1746. It is now a visitor attraction in the care of Historic Environment Scotland.

A royal manor existed on the site in the 12th century. This was replaced by a fortification known as 'the Peel', built in the 14th century by occupying English forces under Edward I. The site of the manor made it an ideal military base for securing the supply routes between Edinburgh Castle and Stirling Castle. The English fort was begun in March 1302 under the supervision of two priests, Richard de Wynepol and Henry de Graundeston.

In 1424, the town of Linlithgow was partially destroyed in a great fire. King James I started the rebuilding of the Palace as a grand residence for Scottish royalty, also beginning the rebuilding of the Church of St Michael immediately to the south of the palace. Over the following century the palace developed into a formal courtyard structure, with significant additions by James III and James IV. James V was born in the palace in April 1512. James V added the outer gateway and the elaborate courtyard fountain. The stonework of the South façade was renewed and unified for James V in the 1530s.

The Duke of Cumberland's army destroyed most of the palace buildings by burning in January 1746. The palace has been actively conserved since the early 19th century. The site is open to visitors all year round. In summer the adjacent 15th-century parish church of St Michael is open for visitors, allowing a combined visit to two of Scotland's finest surviving medieval buildings.



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Category: Castles and fortifications in United Kingdom


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Abdul Ali Muhammad Iqbal (6 months ago)
The palace itself is closed for renovation it seems but around the palace there is a large garden and the lake to enjoy time with kids. Entry is free and there is a car parking ?️ just around the corner near St Michaels church from the parking it took us 5mins to reach the main gate. Parking is charged at rate 1.8£ for 2 hrs.
Lisa Campos (6 months ago)
Castle is partly restored at the moment. It's large and has many info boards. Lake surrounds the castle. Spectacular views and a lovely park to walk, run or kids to play. Lots of birds and ducks. Entry fee is really well priced. So worth taking family to view. So much history...very interesting.
Simon Robson (7 months ago)
Unfortunately we didn’t make reservations but truly enjoyed the castle and the surrounding area/buildings. The church was also closed which was a disappointment. Several information boards help explain the buildings and area. The castle is currently undergoing a major restoration. This is a very nice place to stop beside of the many sites from the fountain to the lake and park are all close by. Also nice restaurants and cafés close.
Sophie Jordan (7 months ago)
Beautiful palace with loads of interesting history. Unfortunately currently under repair due to age. I can recommend walking around the Loch as the views are stunning and there’s a nice even path with benches scattered around.
Ashley Mcneil (7 months ago)
Absolutely beautiful Palace. Unfortunately it is under renovation at the moment so you can't go in.. But you can walk around the palace and the gardens / Loch. Lovely walk. Roughly 1.5 miles I think.
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