Want to learn about civic life in Linlithgow? There’s no better place to do it than at Linlithgow Museum – celebrate the town’s rich royal heritage and view the first life-size statue of Mary Queen of Scots! Learn about the rich history of the Royal Burgh of Linlithgow, a perfect trip out for locals and visitors alike. Discover how people lived and worked in this charming town over the centuries.

Where should I go in East Lothian?

Linlithgow museum offers a warm welcome and is a fantastic introduction to the town - explore 3 galleries and discover the town's royal connections, industrial past and what ‘Life by the Loch’ was really like. The museum is only a 4-minute walk from the train station, opposite the So Strawberry Cafe.

Learn about the importance of the Linlithgow Marches, the town’s sports, politics, and education among other themes. If you’re with the family, there are plenty of things to get stuck into together – kids and adults alike will love the hands-on activities, including designing banners, making your own medicine, and the fantastic workshops organised by local groups, featuring a display of historic costumed dolls and film screenings! Enjoy some at-home ‘Museum Makes’, and join for some craft sessions created by the volunteers and staff. Have a go and get creative!

Linlithgow - did you know?

  • Linlithgow was the birthplace of Mary, Queen of Scots! She was born at Linlithgow Palace at was named queen 5 days later.
  • This palace was built was James I of Scotland in 1424.
  • The small hill the palace was built on was occupied by Romans as far back as 2000 years ago.
  • The name Linlithgow originates from the Old British language “lynn llaith cau” literally meaning “lake in the damp hollow”.
  • Open Saturday 10am to 4pm, Sunday 1pm to 4pm
  • Admission is FREE!

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