The magnificent ruin of a great Royal Palace set in its own park and beside Linlithgow Loch.
This site is closed while we assess physical distancing options but you can still visit the exterior of the site (Linlithgow Peel).
A favoured residence of the Stewart kings and queens from James I (1406-37) onward. Building work commissioned by James I, III, IV, V and VI can be seen. The great hall and chapel are particularly fine. James V (1512) and Mary Queen of Scots (1542) were both born here.
Surfaces inside the Palace are mainly stone slabs and small cobbles in the courtyard. The ticket office, shop and courtyard are accessible to visitors with disabilities. More mobile visitors should be able to access the first floor which forms the main part of the property. Access is available to Linlithgow Loch and extensive peel (park).
Linlithgow Palace on the silver screen
Outlander film location
The majestic ruins of Linlithgow Palace stands in for the prison entrance and corridors in the scene where Jamie was imprisoned.
*Outlander is the TV adaptation of the critically acclaimed time travel romance and fantasy adventure novels by American writer Diana Gabaldon. It centres around the story of Claire Randall (played by Caitriona Balfe), a married English combat nurse from 1945 who, while on her second honeymoon in Inverness, is mysteriously swept back in time to the 18th-century Scottish Highlands. There she meets Jamie (played by Sam Heughan), a chivalrous young warrior, with whom she becomes romantically entwined.
To find out more about the series and its Scottish connections, go to www.visitscotland.com/outlander
1 Apr to 30 Sept:
Daily, 9.30am to 5.30pm
Last entry 4.45pm
1 Oct to 31 Mar:
Daily, 10am to 4pm
Last entry 3.15pm
Very occasionally the property has to close at short notice due to adverse weather conditions or other reasons outwith our control. Please check the Historic Scotland closures page for any unexpected site closures https://www.historicenvironment.scot/visit-a-place/check-for-closures/ You can also follow closure tweets from @welovehistory using #hsclosure. Alternatively please call the site before setting off to check they are open.