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Linlithgow Palace opens its doors for free

10 December 2012

Linlithgow Palace is opening its doors for free this weekend.

The Palace, which is run by Historic Scotland is offering walk up visitors the chance to visit for free over the weekend of the 15th and 16th December, as part of the Scottish Government’s ‘Winter Festivals’ campaign.

The Palace, built by James I in 1424, was home to the Stewart Kings and Queens, and is most famously the birthplace of Mary, Queen of Scots.

The Palace recently hosted Chanel’s Metiers D’Art show which was held at the palace on the 4th December, which brought an international audience and spotlight to the area.

Fiona Hyslop, Cabinet Secretary for Culture and External Affairs, and Linlithgow MSP said;

“Linlithgow is one of Scotland’s most magnificent palaces.

“It was a firm favourite with the Stewart Kings and Queens, who used it as an opportunity to recharge from court life in Stirling and Edinburgh.

“The free weekend is a great chance for people to visit this stunning palace, and find out more about its fascinating history.”

Notes to Editors:

Winter opening hours for the Palace are as follows: 1st October – 31st March, 9.30am - 4.30pm, Monday – Sunday except Christmas Day and Boxing Day. Please telephone to check for New Year opening.

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