Fife and Angus Sights

Falkland Palace

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Published 05/04/2017

Fodor's Review

A former hunting lodge of the Stuart monarchs, Falkland Palace dominates the town. The castle is one of the country's earliest examples of the French Renaissance style. Overlooking the main street is the palace's most impressive feature, the walls and chambers on its south side, all rich with buttresses and stone medallions, built by French masons in the 1530s for King James V (1512–42). He died here, and the palace was a favorite resort of his daughter, Mary, Queen of Scots (1542–87). The beautiful gardens behind Falkland Palace contain a rare survivor: a royal tennis court, built in 1539. In the gardens, overlooked by the palace turret windows, you may easily imagine yourself back at the solemn hour when James on his deathbed pronounced the doom of the house of Stuart: "It cam' wi' a lass and it'll gang wi a lass."

Sight Information

Address:

Main St., Falkland, Fife, KY15 7BU, Scotland

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Phone:

01337 -857397

Website: www.nts.org.uk

Sight Details:

  • £12.50

Published 05/04/2017

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