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Culross Palace

Culross 
The Royal Burgh of Culross is a unique survival, a town that time has passed by; the most complete example in Scotland today of a Burgh of the 17th and 18th centuries.
 
Everywhere you look in Culross you’re surrounded by the past. Close your eyes and you can almost hear the calls of medieval street vendors selling their wares and the clang of hammers on metal as the Hammermen of Culross fashioned the famous girdles. With many industries including coal mining, salt panning and ironworking, Culross enjoyed a flourishing trade with other Forth ports and the Low Countries. This picturesque Royal Burgh on the northern shore of the Forth is a complete community, preserved as it was in the 16th and 17th centuries.

Culross Palace
Today, you can visit Culross Palace - built in 1626, and imagine what it would have been like to live within the splendid interiors, featuring painted woodwork, and 17th- and 18th-century furniture. There is also a fine collection of Staffordshire and Scottish pottery. The herbs, vegetables and fruit trees in the palace gardens would all have been found in an early 17th-century garden, as would the Scots Dumpy hens who supply eggs for the Bessie Bar tearoom.

The Town House, once the legal and commercial centre of Culross, is also open to visitors. Upstairs, the fine Georgian interior of the council chambers often houses exhibitions, whilst next door is the old courtroom. Downstairs in the shop is the debtors’ cell, where, unlike previous occupants, you may decide only to spend a few moments!

Elsewhere, you can visit the Study, where Bishop Leighton of Dunblane reputedly composed his sermons. Also in the village are the ruins of St Mungo’s Chapel, the Abbey and the old monastery. A DVD about Culross and its inhabitants can be viewed in the palace.

Culross Palace Address:
Culross
Fife
KY12 8JH
Scotland, UK

Culross Palace Opening Times:
Palace, Study, Town House and Bessie Bar Tearoom

31st March to 31st May, Thursday - Monday 12.00pm - 5.00pm
1st June to 31st August, daily 12.00pm - 5.00pm
1st to 30th September, Thursday - Monday 12.00pm - 5.00pm
1st to 31st October, Thursday - Monday 12.00pm - 4.00pm
 
Access to The Study and Town House is by guided tour lasting 1 hour
Tours depart from palace reception every 30 minutes
First tour departs 12.30pm, last tour departs 4.00pm
During October, last tour departs 3.00pm

Garden
All year, daily 10.00am - 6.00pm or sunset if earlier

Culross Palace Admission:
Adult £8.00
Family £20.00
1 parent £16.00
Concession £5.00
Free to NTS members

T  +44 (0)844 4932189

F  +44 (0)844 4932190
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