Scone Palace is one of the most important historical sites in Scotland. Located near Perth, it was once the site of an early Christian church, a priory and, eventually, an abbey. For nearly 1000 years, it was also the crowing place for the King of Scots, including Macbeth and Robert the Bruce. One of the best examples of the Georgian Gothic style in the United Kingdom, the palace has been home to the Earls of Mansfield for 400 years.
On display in the state rooms of the palace are collections of porcelain, French furniture and elephant and walrus tusks from the 17th to 19th centuries, a unique collection of papier mache and fine and unusual clocks from the 18th and 19th centuries. Visitors can also explore more than 100 acres of grounds surrounding the palace, including the Murray Star Maze, comprised of 2000 beech trees.
Located two miles north of the city of Perth, the Scone Palace is accessible by train or bus. The Perth Rail Station is three miles away. Stagecoach number 3 leaves from South Street in Perth and Stagecoach Strathtay number 58 leaves from the Perth Bus Station or Kinnoull Street in Perth. The palace and grounds are open April to October, 9:30 a.m. to 5:45 p.m., with the last admission to the palace in April and October at 4:00 p.m., and the last admission May to September at 5:00 p.m. From November to March, visitors can enjoy free access to the grounds every Friday, Saturday and Sunday from 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. Admission to the palace and grounds is 10.50 pounds and to the grounds alone 6.50 pounds.