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Falkland Palace & Garden, Falkland

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Visit the partly restored Falkland Palace & Garden and discover what life was like for the Stuart monarchs. Stroll through the tranquil grounds, relax in the orchard, play a game on the giant checkerboard, and find the 16th-century tennis court. Admire the palace's Renaissance architecture, which made it a favorite of Mary, Queen of Scots, reminding her of the châteaux where she lived as a child. Step inside and explore the keeper’s quarters, chapel royal, old library, and royal apartments, all filled with period furnishings and artworks. Talk to one of the expert guides to learn more about the palace’s history, including tales of imprisonment, escapes, and murder. The on-site shop sells souvenirs and plants. Plan your visit to Falkland Palace & Garden and a wealth of other attractions, well-known and undiscovered, using our Falkland trip planner.
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  • Really enjoyed our visit here. Friendly and knowledgable staff and the gardens were delightful. We had to work our way round a French tour party which was a little awkward but not insurmountable. We.....  more
    Really enjoyed our visit here. Friendly and knowledgable staff and the gardens were delightful. We had to work our way round a French tour party which was a little awkward but not insurmountable. We.....  more »
  • The inside was your average stately home-a bit boring but it still looked decent. As for the garden, it is amazing. Lovely old tennis court as well. 
    The inside was your average stately home-a bit boring but it still looked decent. As for the garden, it is amazing. Lovely old tennis court as well.  more »
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  • There is limited parking outside the palace & gardens but the main car park is 10 Min walk and has about 60 spaces and 2 spaces for electric vehicles and it is free. The palace is still lived in so your not allowed to take photographs inside the building. If you have mobility issues the palace can be difficult to get around as there is 3 levels of stairs and there a bit uneven in places but you can go to the garden for walk around. When you start you need to start at the top floor and work your way down. Most of the staff were in costume and are very pleasant and very informative. A few of the rooms were closed due to unforeseen circumstances. To keep the kids entertained they can do a Lego find the figures quiz. The gardens are well maintained and really nice to walk around or sit and enjoy the scenery. The tennis court was a bit of a disappointment. I know there the oldest one in the world but when you look at them it feels like your in prison. The plus point is the birds have nests in the building roof and you can see the baby birds getting food but just watch as you walk in as they use the main door to come in and out and are very fast.The The orchard has picnic tables and a large grass area. As you enter the orchard there is a small shed and you can take out the play items (crochet set, large connect 4,etc. The only toilets are beside the shop. When you finish you should take a walk around the town. It feels like you've went back in time and it's really nice to walk around weather permitting.
  • Allow yourself time for this attraction, the Village, Palace & apothecary gardens combined make for a interesting place to visit. The village people are friendly, there's nice tearooms & shop's around the Palace. The Palace staff & guides are very knowledgeable & helpful. I've drove passed by the Palace a few times but never new the extent of the Palace, grounds & gardens etc. In my opinion a good place for a few hours visit on a nice sunny day. Always check opening hours before your visit.

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