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“Historic Site”
Review of Scone Palace

Scone Palace
Ranked #2 of 63 things to do in Perth
Certificate of Excellence
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Recommended length of visit: 2-3 hours
Owner description: Scone Palace - a 5 star historic house visitor attraction. Visit Scone Palace, a must-see iconic Scottish location, where a warm welcome awaits you. Immerse yourself in Scotland's history as you experience the crowning place of Scottish kings. Stand on the Moot Hill, where the Kings of Scots were inaugurated, and later crowned on the famous Stone of Scone. Enjoy the palace and its rare and beautiful collections including French furniture gifted by Marie Antoinette and bed-hangings worked on by Mary, Queen of Scots. Explore the glorious grounds and gardens including the David Douglas Pavilion, Pinetum and Murray Star Maze. Stop off at the Old Servants' Hall Coffee shop and enjoy one of our delicious home baking including a scone at Scone! Visit our gift and food shops where you will find an abundance of quality Scottish gifts and homemade preserves. Visiting May to October, look out for our 'Dido Belle - Her Story Exhibition.' There are few paintings which attract as much interest and admiration as that of the portrait of Lady Elizabeth Murray and Dido Elizabeth Belle, by Johann Zoffany, which hangs in the Ambassadors Room at Scone Palace. Their lives, and in particular Dido's, is brought to life by the film 'Belle;' our exhibition will tell the story of her extraordinary life. Weddings, meetings and special occasions - whether you're planning a celebration with family and friends, corporate hospitality or a product launch, Scone Palace combines a unique heritage and stunning location with the services of a dedicated team of professionals focused on ensuring your event is a glittering success from start to finish.
Useful Information: Food available for purchase, Wheelchair access, Bathroom facilities, Activities for young children
West Linton, United Kingdom
Level 5 Contributor
99 reviews
20 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 62 helpful votes
“Historic Site”
Reviewed 2 July 2012

I would recommend this to anybody who wants to understand a little bit more of the
Heritage of Scotland.

It is as valuable to historic Scotland as Edinburgh or Stirling castles and the staff are very friendly and knowledgeable .n

Also the home baking in the cafe and the visitors shop are a little different.

Entrance does need modified -it is far too tight for larger vehicles and needs attention before a an accident happens

Visited July 2012
Thank Jack K
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Columbia, Maryland
Level 4 Contributor
24 reviews
8 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 16 helpful votes
“Serendipity find”
Reviewed 2 July 2012

As a lover of trees and horticultural history, I was delighted to find Scone Palace's Pinetum which contains Douglas Firs and other North American tree species that David Douglas discovered on a plant exploration to the Pacific NorthWest in Oregon. Our tour group had a lovely traditional Scottish lunch/tea in a wonderful kitchen lined with copper cookware. A must palace for learning about Scotland's history.

Visited June 2012
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Leeds, United Kingdom
Level 1 Contributor
4 reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
“scones at Scone”
Reviewed 2 July 2012

Not too badly priced - the maze was worth the entrance fee alone. Scones a little pricey in the coffee shop and a long walk to the lawn.

Visited June 2012
Thank Becka144
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Errol, United Kingdom
Level 5 Contributor
82 reviews
10 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 46 helpful votes
“Beautiful palace and less busy than some of the other Scottish castles”
Reviewed 30 June 2012

Scone Palace is located just outside Perth. It is easily day-trippable from Edinburgh, Glasgow, or Dundee. The scenery around the palace is pleasant, but certainly isn't the most dramatic that Scotland has to offer. There is plenty of parking for cars and coaches.

We found the staff very friendly and willing to chat or share information. They all seemed very enthusiastic about the palace and its antiques, furniture, etc., which is nice to see. We didn't see too much of the ground because they were quite water-logged due to a lot of heavy rain. What we saw we liked though, from the replica 'stone of destiny', to the star-shaped maze, and the albino peacock!

The palace itself is very beautiful, and has soom rooms with a lot of character and beautiful features. For a relatively small palace, visitors have access to a lot of the rooms. We found the information boards interesting and informative.

The cafe had a superb selection of cakes, which we made the most of. The faux-castle wall wallpaper was a bit tacky though. The cafe felt more like a children's playroom than a cafe because of the decor which tried to mimic the castle walls and battlements!

Visited June 2012
Thank Rhienne40
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Level 4 Contributor
30 reviews
11 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 24 helpful votes
“Compact and convenient”
Reviewed 25 June 2012

The palace is just a 20 minute walk from Perth. Beautiful surroundings and gardens. Vey friendly, knowledgeable and helpful guides.

Visited June 2012
Thank JimParch
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