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12 October 2016

Frightening Times at Linlithgow Palace

Linlithgow Palace at night

Visitors are invited to go back in time to the Linlithgow Palace of the 1850s this month with Historic Environment Scotland’s popular Fright Night event. Costumed performers will delve into the depths of the palace’s past to uncover sinister stories, bringing the unique historic site to life for those who are brave of heart.

With Halloween approaching, Linlithgow Palace is offering visitors the unique opportunity to see the historic site after dark. By day the high towers of the elaborate pleasure palace look out over lush greenery and a loch brimming with wildfowl – but things look a little different after dark.

The Victorian Era was a time of rapid scientific progress in Britain, and produced a wave of paranormal investigators, mystics and spiritualists interested in uncovering the secrets of things that went bump in the night. This Fright Night, visitors can follow Victorian Professor Michael and his sidekick, Night Watchman Gibby McPherson, as they enter the palace under cover of dark to investigate rumours of ghostly goings-on.

Hear spooky stories of witches and rat catchers, and meet some of the less pleasant characters from Scotland’s past.

Laura Gray, Assistant Events Manager for Historic Environment Scotland, which manages the palace, said: “Those looking for a scare this Halloween won’t do much better than Fright Night at Linlithgow Palace! The event gives people a unique opportunity to explore the darker side of Linlithgow Palace. Our costumed performers are great at building a strange and spine-tingling atmosphere, perfect for any brave souls wanting to do something a bit different this Halloween.”

Fright Night tours take place from the 28th – 31st October at 6pm, 7.30pm and 9pm. 

Pre-booking is essential to secure a place. Tickets are £12 and are available to purchase online

A 10% discount is available for Historic Scotland members.

Please note that Fright Night events are not recommended for young children.

About Historic Environment Scotland (HES)

Year of Innovation, Architecture and Design 2016

2016 is the Year of Innovation, Architecture and Design (IAD). Through a series of exciting events and activity, the year will showcase Scotland's position as an "innovation nation", its outstanding built heritage, and its thriving, internationally acclaimed creative industries sector. This is a Scottish Government initiative being led by VisitScotland and supported by a variety of partners.

Year of Innovation, Architecture and Design 2016

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For further information, please contact:

Ali George
Historic Environment Scotland Media Office
Direct Line: 0131 668 8714
Mobile: 07583 018 790