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Access

Special arrangements are currently in place at Linlithgow Palace, to comply with Scottish Government guidance during the Covid-19 pandemic. These arrangements are detailed below, and will be regularly updated. Last updated: 14 August 2020.

Although things may be a little different, we hope that you will have an enjoyable visit and will be greeted with a warm and friendly smile by staff.

Safety measures:

  • Our staff have been trained in hygiene and physical distancing and have been provided with the necessary PPE
  • Signage is on site to guide visitors, including one way systems and marked areas that are currently closed to visitors
  • We have introduced enhanced cleaning measures, including our toilet facilities, to make visitors feel comfortable while visiting
  • In line with Scottish Government legislation and guidance, face coverings are now mandatory if you are visiting any indoor/enclosed spaces at our sites including retail and catering areas (subject to some exceptions)

Watch our video on what to expect when you visit our sites

Carers tickets

In line with best practice in the visitor attractions industry and as advised by Capability Scotland, visitors with disabilities are treated on an equal basis with all other visitors and entry is charged at the appropriate admission category rate - Adult/Concession/Child. Proof of disability is not required.

We offer free entry for carers accompanying visitors with disabilities. To book a free carer ticket, please email ticketing@hes.scot and quote your order number.

Parking

The car park is stone cobbled at the front of the palace. There are two accessible bays next to the entrance. The furthest bay is 5m from the entrance. 

Dogs

Assistance dogs are permitted at all our sites and within roofed areas.  

Visitors' dogs are allowed at Linlithgow Palace, but are not permitted in roofed areas. 

Dogs must be kept on a lead at all times and not left unattended at any time. Owners must pick up after their dogs.

What will be open during your visit 

  • One-way route in place
  • Courtyard and Wine Cellars
  • Transe at South and East Ranges
  • Stable Cellars
  • Basement
  • Great Hall
  • Chapel
  • Ante Room
  • Museum Transe
  • Royal Apartment
  • Queen Margaret Bower
  • Toilet (West of the palace entrance)
  • Accessible toilet

What will remain closed/unavailable during your visit

  • No access above second floor
  • Visitor Centre and Shop

Visiting the site

Access to most of the palace is by a one-way route including a number of narrow staircases, some of which have no handrail. Please follow the directions indicated by signage. Access to some spaces may be limited.

  • Entry to the palace is over a small (50mm) stone threshold. The entrance way is then level but uneven
  • The visitor centre and shop will not be open at this time
  • The courtyard, the king’s fountain and the old entrance are all on the level. The floor is surfaced with flagstones and some cobbles
  • The first floor is reached up a spiral staircase with uneven treads and around 25 steps
  • Upper levels are reached via spiral staircases with uneven treads
  • The first floor includes the King’s Chambers, Great Hall and Chapel Royal
  • Queen Margaret’s Bower is a small turret, reached up a series of steep stone steps
  • There are many small level changes between rooms
  • There are benches in the palace courtyard

Surroundings

The peel around the palace is large grassed park. There is a circular path of compacted gravel around the loch. It is about 2.3 miles long in total.

There are benches and picnic tables on the peel.

Toilets

A temporary toilet is available on site.

The nearest adapted toilet is at The Vennel, off the High Street, about 350m from the site’s main entrance.

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Opening times

The palace is in a Level 4 COVID protection area, and is currently closed to visitors.

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