Falkland Palace is the crowning glory of the attractive village of Falkland. Backing onto extensive gardens containing Britain's oldest Real Tennis court, it's well worth adding to the history shortlist. The palace was built in the early 1500's by King James IV and V as a "pleasure palace" and soon became a favourite country retreat for the Stuart kings. The Marquess of Bute restored parts of the buildings in the late 1800's following decades of disrepair, resulting in an interesting mix of grandeur and ruin.
|[Palace gardens (May 2015)]|
Name: Falkland Palace ★★★★☆
Location: East Port, Falkland village centre, G.R.: NO 254075 / focal ballroom spectacle
Open (2017): Daily, March to October
Cost (2017): £12.50 (adults), £9 (children), free for National Trust for Scotland members
|[East Range (May 2015)]|