Linlithgow Museum

Want to learn about civic life in Linlithgow? There’s no better place to do it than at Linlithgow Museum – celebrate the towns rich royal heritage and view the first live 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 towns 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 towns sports, politics, and education among other themes. If you’re with the family, there’s 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 birth place 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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What's on in West Lothian

Living History

8 - 14 August, 2022
Our performers will be at various sites on selected days throughout the summer holidays, between Saturday 2 July and Sunday 14 August. We have various characters from a Medieval Archer, a Red Coat Soldier and a Renaissance Musician to a Pictish Storyteller, to name but a few. What's more, it is all included in the price of admission and free to memebers! Just book your ticket and pop along. If you would like more information please contact the events team on 01316688885 or [email protected] If you would like more information please contact the events team on 0131 668 8885 or [email protected]

Teddy Trail

8 - 21 August, 2022
The teddies are loose in the Museum! Can you help us to find them all?

The Railway Children Return

8 - 8 August, 2022
Follow a group of children who are evacuated to a Yorkshire village during the Second World War, where they encounter a young soldier who, like them, is far away from home. Jenny Agutter returns as Bobbie in this sequel to the much-loved The Railway Children.

Afternoon Tea on a Steam Train

8 - 21 August, 2022
Enjoy traditional afternoon tea on the steam train from Bo’ness to Manuel. Tuck into sandwiches, cake and scones, washed down with tea or coffee.


10 - 11 August, 2022
Larger than life in all conceivable ways, Gérard Depardieu can be a disruptive, unsteadying presence in films which fail to cater to the fact that he brings generous helping of Depardieu to any role he plays. Constance Meyer’s highly enjoyable Critics’ Week opener Robuste not only takes this on board, it runs with it, casting Depardieu as Georges, an ageing French actor with a tendency to crash motorbikes and to embark on drunken misadventures. “France without meat isn’t France,” he grumbles at one point, which is possibly the most Depardieu thing that anyone has ever said. The film’s secret weapon, however, is Déborah Lukumuena, supremely assured as Aïssa, the temporary security guard with whom Georges forges a grudging friendship.

Afternoon Tea

8 - 21 August, 2022
Treat yourself to one of our Afternoon Teas Take a look at our menu choices below to decide which option to treat yourself with. Our Traditional Afternoon Tea includes: finger sandwiches, selection of mini cakes, slices and strawberry tart, plain and fruit scones with jam and clotted cream, plus a pot of tea or filter coffee. £12.95 per person Our Vegan Afternoon Tea includes: freshly prepared falafel wraps and vegan sausage rolls, selection of delicious vegan cakes (brownie, orange and apricot slice, banana and berry slice, carrot and pistachio slice), plain and fruit scones with fruit jam, plus a pot of tea or filter coffee. £12.95 per person Our Kids' Afternoon Tea includes: two flower shaped sandwiches, carrot and celery sticks with cream cheese dip, mini treats: chocolate muffin, mini doughnuts, chocolate strawberry and grapes, plus a Capri-Sun. £6.95 per person Choose to upgrade your hot drink to a delicious Latte, Cappucino, Mocha, Hot Chocolate or Speciality Tea for just £0.50 extra. Please note: In line with current local and national social distancing rules you may be required to sit at separate but adjacent tables depending on your party size.

X marks the spot

9 - 9 August, 2022
Take part in our orienteering challenge - can you complete it without getting lost? This is a drop in activity, please arrive anytime between 10 and 11.30am. Aimed at children aged between 8 and 12, must be accompanied by an adult. Moderate grade walk. Route contains rough tracks, uneven and boggy terrain, steep inclines and declines. Local roads and car parks may be subject to closures. Please contact the Ranger Service for more information. Image © Neil Hanna Moderate grade walk: route contains rough tracks, uneven and boggy terrain, steep inclines and declines. Local roads and car parks may be subject to closures. This route is wheelchair accessible although does involve rough tracks and slopes. Please contact us if you have any access requirements and we will do our best to adapt the walk accordingly.

Mermaid Swimming Lessons: Introduction, progression and adults

13 - 13 August, 2022
Introduction Experience Join us for a magical 1 hour long experience in the pool as we visit Merkingdom. ​Our experiences take place will take place in a swimming pool with a qualified Mermaid Instructor. During the session mermaids will learn the safety mermaid skills, the basic mermaid movements, partake in mermaid games and challenges and take a few photos or videos to help capture the memory. All equipment including monofins and tails are provided by Mermaids Scotland Participants must be able to pass our swim test available on our safety page which includes a 25 metre swim. Progression Lessons These classes are suitable for those who have completed their first mermaid experience and already know the safety skills taught in that class. Each lesson will be tailored to the individuals that are booked and the skills/modules they are working on. We have 3 stage levels each with 12 modules: Entry and Exits Obstacles Tricks Underwater Swims Partner Work Group Routines Trident Throwing Ribbon Work Poses Rotation Speed Swim Little mermaid recreation When mermaids achieve all the modules in a stage they will be presented with a medal to celebrate their achievement. Adults Why should kids get to have all the fun? All types of swimming are exercise that burns calories but there’s a few specific benefits to Mermaid swimming adults should be made aware of. Mermaid swimming is a brilliant core muscle work out. The kick also helps tone your calves and buttocks. It's great fun as the mono fin helps you swim fast. You'll also meet like minded people. You'll be taught the same curriculum as our children's classes. Initially you'll be taught the safety skills and basic moves and tricks. You'll then start the first of our 3 stage levels each with 12 modules

Party At The Palace 2022

13 - 13 August, 2022
The 3-day party will take place on Friday 12th, Saturday 13th and Sunday 14th August in Linlithgow. It’s only 20 mins from Edinburgh and 35mins from Glasgow, making it one of the most easily accessible music festivals in Scotland.

Where the Crawdads Sing

14 - 14 August, 2022
Where The Crawdads SingOlivia Newman | USA | 2022 | 130m | 15Mystery drama based on the novel by Delia Owens about Kya, an abandoned girl who raised herself to adulthood in the dangerous marshlands of North Carolina. For years, rumours of the 'Marsh Girl' haunted Barkley Cove, isolating the sharp and resilient Kya from her community. Drawn to two young men from town, Kya opens herself to a new and startling world; but when one of them is found dead, she is immediately cast by the community as the main suspect. As the case unfolds, the verdict as to what actually happened becomes increasingly unclear, threatening to reveal the many secrets that lay within the marsh.

DC League of Super-Pets

15 - 20 August, 2022
When Superman and the rest of the Justice League are kidnapped, Krypto the Super-Dog (voiced by Dwayne Johnson) must convince a rag-tag shelter pack - Ace the hound, PB the potbellied pig, Merton the turtle and Chip the squirrel - to master their own newfound powers and help him rescue the superheroes.

Relaxed Opening

20 - 20 August, 2022
Would you or someone you know enjoy a calmer museum experience? Join our monthly Relaxed Opening Hour. These sessions are ideal for, but not limited to, people with autism, dementia, mental health conditions and sensory needs. The Relaxed Opening includes access to the entirety of the museum. At 12:00 sound will be switched back on, but visitors to this session are welcome to remain in the museum for as long as they like. Relaxed means: - Where possible, loud sounds from audiovisual displays, interactives and films will be reduced or switched off - A Sensory Map of the museum is available to help you learn about sound levels, lighting levels, tactile opportunities and which galleries are more/less crowded Please note that there are some sounds we are unable to change

Comedy at the Corbie Xmas Special

20 - 20 August, 2022
Comedy at the Corbie