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Christmas comes to Linlithgow with all the fun of the advent fair and free entry at the palace

19 November 2010

Linlithgow launches its festive celebrations on Saturday 27th November with its ever-popular Advent Fair.  And this year, for the first time, Linlithgow Palace is playing a central part in the community Christmas event organised by Linlithgow Community Council in association with West Lothian Council.  

With free entry on the day of the Advent Fair, the Palace is welcoming visitors along to a special seasonal shopping event in its historic vaults, the Undercroft - so come along to its impressive surroundings to get your Christmas shopping off to a flying start.

From 10am to 3pm there will be a range of stalls offering a host of great gift ideas and attractive craft items.  And exclusive gifts from Historic Scotland’s retail ranges will also be on sale.

There is no entry charge at the Palace for the Advent Fair.  Historic Scotland is waiving admission to the property - and to 47 other leading heritage attractions all over the country – on Saturday 27th, Sunday 28th,, Monday 29th and St Andrew’s Day itself, Tuesday 30th November – in honour of Scotland’s national day.   

Linlithgow Palace Monument Manager Alan Mowat said: “We’re looking forward to welcoming visitors from near and far to our Advent Fair shopping event. And the free entry offers a perfect opportunity to make the most of a visit to Linlithgow’s most famous historic attraction by taking time to explore it without having to buy an admission ticket.”

West Lothian Council Town Centre Officer Hazel Hay added: “The Advent Fair is always a highlight of the season and this year there’s even more going on with lots of things to do and see, including a Farmers Market at The Vennel.  In addition to the shopping fair at the Palace, there will be street entertainers between the Palace and The Cross.

“And following the event at the Palace, a band will be marching from there to join our traditional torchlight procession at the Low Port Centre.  The whole procession leaves from it at 4.30pm to continue through the town, along the High Street to West Port and then back to The Cross.  Then we have the switching on of the Christmas lights and a carol service.  It’ll be a really great start to the Christmas season.”


  • Linlithgow Palace is in Linlithgow off the M9. Postcode EF49 7AL. Tel. 01506 842896.  Normal admission charges are adult £5.20, Child £3.10 and concessions £4.20. Last admission is 3.45pm.

  • Set in a park, the Peel, beside Linlithgow Loch, the majestic royal palace of the Stewarts today lies roofless and ruined. Yet the visitor still feels a sense of awe on entering its gates. It was begun by James I in 1424, following a fire that devastated its predecessor. It became a truly elegant ‘pleasure palace’, and a welcome stopping-place for the royal family along the busy road linking Edinburgh Castle and Stirling Castle. The Stewart queens especially liked its tranquillity and fresh air. The ancient palace served as the royal nursery for James V (born 1512), Mary Queen of Scots (born 1542) and Princess Elizabeth (born 1596), better known as ‘the Winter Queen’. But after 1603, when James VI moved the royal court to London following his coronation as James I of England, the palace fell quickly into decline and its end came ignominiously in September 1745, when a fire swept through it.

  • Linlithgow Palace is just one of 345 outstanding heritage properties and sites in the care of Historic Scotland.  Ranging from prehistoric dwellings to medieval castles, and from cathedrals to industrial buildings, these include some of the leading tourism attractions in the country. Among the most popular are Edinburgh, Stirling and Urquhart Castles, Skara Brae, and the Border Abbeys.  For further details of all of Historic Scotland’s sites visit:

  • Historic Scotland’s Mission is: to safeguard Scotland’s historic environment and to promote its understanding and enjoyment.

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