Visit one of the Oldest Tennis Courts at Falkland Palace

Adored by Mary Queen of Scots, the country home of the Stuart monarchs is home to one of the oldest tennis courts in  the UK. This incredible Renaissance pleasure palace is filled with intricate carvings, paintings and furniture all preserved by the team who work there. Explore it’s extensive formal gardens where Scottish royals once enjoyed recreational fun like falconry, hunting and tennis. The estate also includes an orchard and even a living willow labyrinth.

Where can I find the oldest tennis court in the UK?

The royal tennis court at Falkland Palace is one of the oldest and most authentic tennis courts in the world and was once used by Scottish Kings and Queens.

Though it fell into disrepair in 1660, the palace was lovingly restored by the Marquess of Bute in the 1900s with refurbishments that preserved its Renaissance roots.

  • Palace is open 27 May–31 Oct, Wed–Sun, 11.00–17.00 (closed 1 Nov–28 Feb 2022)
  • The Gardens are open 28 Apr–31 Oct, Wed–Sun, 11.00–17.00 (closed 1 Jan–27 Apr, and 1 Nov–31 Dec)
  • Adults £13, concessions £9
  • Family ticket £30, one adult family ticket £23.50
  • Garden tickets £6.50 for adults and £5 for concessions

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