Falkland Palace & Garden

The only royal palace in the care of the National Trust for Scotland, Falkland Palace is an impressive Renaissance building set in the heart of a medieval town at the foot of the Lomond Hills.

Built by James II, James IV and James V between 1450 and 1541, the Palace was a country residence of the Stuart monarchs of Scotland for over 200 years.

Permanent collections

The Tapestry Gallery displays 17th-century 'Verdure' tapestries and there are fine portraits of the Stuart monarchs. Don't forget to look up at the ceiling in the Dressing Room off the bedroom to see an elaborate painted ceiling which bears the arms of the 3rd Marquis of Bute. However, our favourite highlight is the original and oldest Royal Tennis Court still in use, which was built in 1539.

Art Funded works

The Falkland tapestries were funded in 1980 and comprise of an incomplete set of four scenes representing scenes from the story of Joseph including Jacob shown Joseph's coat of many colours.

Visitor information

Be sure to pack a picnic as there are no refreshment facilities at the Palace, however as way of compensation entry to an exhibition on the history of Falkland at the Town Hall is included in admission to the palace.


Art we've helped buy at Falkland Palace & Garden

Venue details

Falkland Palace & Garden Falkland, Cupar Fife KY15 7BU 0844 493 2186 www.nts.org.uk

Entry details

Free with National Art Pass (standard entry £12.50)

1 Mar – 31 Oct
Mon – Sat, 11am – 5pm
Sun, 1 – 5pm

​(last admission 4.30pm)