- Cafe / restaurant
- Facilities for children
- Free parking
- Mostly wheelchair accessible
- Parkland / open spaces
- Pet friendly
- Picnic area
Built on the site of Scone Abbey and incorporating the medieval bishops’ palace and Moot Hill, place of coronation for Scottish Kings, and extended in gothic style from 1803. Superb collection of objets d’art, including items of Marie Antoinette bought by the 2nd Earl of Mansfield. The 1st Earl (a notable lawyer) freed his own black slave and in 1772 declared slavery ‘odious’ and unacceptable in Britain.
John Louden laid out gardens contemporary with the house’s gothic enlargement. The pinetum, begun 1848 and extended in 1984, contains an outstanding conifer collection and the original Douglas fir, grown from seed sent in 1826 from America by David Douglas, a Scone gardener.
Palace and grounds: 1 April to 31 October, daily, 9.30am–5pm (last entry 4pm).
Grounds only: November, part December, February and March, Fri to Sun, 10am to 3pm.
Please note: The information on the Historic Houses website is advisory, but please always check the website of the house or garden you intend to visit before travelling.
The palace and gardens are open FREE to Historic Houses members. Members should use code SPTOURHH in the voucher box.
Regular admission to palace and grounds:
Historic Houses member: FREE
We are delighted to welcome coach tours, group bookings and school groups. Pre-booking is advisable to ensure you make the most of your visit and we ask that parties of 50+ people be pre-booked at all times.
We recommend that you allow at least 2.5 hours for your visit to Scone Palace, especially if the weather is suitable for a tour of our beautiful Perthshire grounds, longer if your group would like to dine with us.
Coach drivers and couriers are given complimentary entrance and will receive a meal and gift voucher for use in our catering and retail outlets.
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