Falkland Palace

Falkland Palace information

Location
Falkland , Scotland
More information
www.nts.org.uk
Prices
adult/child £12.50/9
Opening hours
11am-5pm Mon-Sat, noon-5pm Sun Mar-Oct
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16th-century Falkland Palace, a country residence of the Stuart monarchs, is where Mary, Queen of Scots is said to have spent the happiest days of her life ‘playing the country girl in the woods and parks’. Don’t miss the prodigious 17th-century Flemish hunting tapestries in the hall, and the oldest royal tennis court in Britain, built in 1539 for James V.

The palace was built between 1501 and 1541 to replace a castle dating from the 12th century; French and Scottish craftspeople were employed to create a masterpiece of Scottish Gothic architecture.