The extensive gardens and grounds of Scone Palace are home to many arboricultural and horticultural delights. A Victorian Pinetum planted with exotic conifers, include a Douglas fir raised from seed sent back from America in 1826 by Scottish plant hunter David Douglas. A pavillion dedicated to Douglas, who was born in the old village of Scone, is start to a garden trail of some of the plants associated with this great man. Scone Palace is home to Perthshire's only maze planted in a mix of purple and green beech to create a unique tartan effect. The Kitchen Garden under restoration, offers the opportunity to view where produce is grown for the Palace Coffee Shop and also has a colourful display of flowers in the cutting garden. Seasonal highlights of Snowdrops, Daffodils, Rhododendrons, perennials and autumn colours from one of the finest tree collections, delight throughout the season.
How to find us
Find us 2 miles north of the City of Perth on the A93, traveling from Dundee, Edinburgh or Glasgow, follow the signs for the A93-Braemar. Visit our website for public transport information.
Countryside Alliance Scottish Rural Awards - Visitor Attraction of the Year 2014/15 Visit Scotland 5 Star Historic House Visit Scotland Gold Award for Green Tourism Visit Scotland Taste our Best Award National Coach Tourism Awards - Nomination CIE Tours - Award of Excellence TripAdvisor - Certificate of Excellence
- The Murray Star Maze - a mix of purple & green beech trees give a tartan effect.
- Douglas Fir Tree - grown from seed David Douglas sent home in 1826
- Victorian Pinetum - collection of over 200 magnificent conifers
- Kitchen Garden - under restoration supplying produce to the Palace Coffee Shop
- Walks and Playpark - there are 3 routes of various distances
Ideal for Horticultural Groups and Gardening Clubs, we offer private tours around the Grounds and Gardens with our Head Gardener, Brian Cunningham. Brian has regularly featured on BBC Beechgrove Garden covering a variety of gardening projects which he and his team have been working on over the past 6 years. These include our Chilli Festival, the restoration of the walled Kitchen Garden and the story of the Plant Hunter, David Douglas.
Group Rates for 15 or more people Adults £6.00 Seniors & Students £5.30 Tour Guide £50.00 For further details regarding gardening group tours, please contact Brian by email: [email protected] To book please call us on 01738 552300
You can download our booklet here.
Volunteering / internships opportunites
We have a small and valuable team of garden volunteers who work in all aspects of the maintenance and restoration works being carried out in the Palace gardens and grounds. For further details, please call 01738 552300 and speak to Brian Cunningham.
- Herbaceous Borders & Plantings
- Meconopsis and Woodland Gardens
- Trees Collection
- Edible Gardens and Vegetables in Season
- Autumn Colour
- Winter Gardens/Winter Structure
- Daffodil Displays
- Bluebell Displays
- Wheelchair access
Opening TimesMonday: 10.00am - 4.00pm Tuesday: 10.00am - 4.00pm Wednesday: 10.00am - 4.00pm Thursday: 10.00am - 4.00pm Friday: 10.00am - 4.00pm Saturday: 10.00am - 4.00pm Sunday: 10.00am - 4.00pm also: GROUNDS Winter Opening Times Friday: 10.00 - 16.00 Saturday 10.00 - 16.00 Sunday 10.00 - 16.00 FREE admission to the Grounds, Food Shop/Christmas Shop, Coffee Shop, Adventure Playground and Maze each Friday, Saturday and Sunday throughout November and December, February and March. For Additional winter hours, please visit our website. Please note that the Grounds, Coffee Shop and Gift Shop will be closed from Sunday 17th December - Friday 2nd February
Dates closed8th May - 14th May inclusive
Admission pricesAdult: £7.50 Child: £5.50 Concession: £6.50 Family: £25.00 (2 Adults and up to 3 Children) Group Adult: £6.00 Group Child: £4.00 Membership: Adult Palace and Grounds Season Ticket £12.00, Family Palace and Grounds Season Ticket £40.00 Members: Palace and Grounds Tickets are also available
FacilitiesCafé/ Restaurant Picnic area Shop Car park Accessible parking Toilets Accessible toilets Wheelchair access Pushchair friendly Kids’ play area Dog friendly Assistance Dogs Events
Address1 Scone Palace Perth ,PH2 6BD
Palace Closed FreeMay 8th, 2018 - May 14th, 2018April 16th, 2017 - April 16th, 2017April 15th, 2017 - April 15th, 2017December 7th, 2017 - December 7th, 2017November 27th, 2017 - November 27th, 2017November 28th, 2017 - November 28th, 2017