Dalkeith Palace - A Passion For Music

Sunday 18 Jun - Sunday 03 Sep

An exhibition and tour exploring the musical past of Dalkeith Palace. Enjoy celebrating 18th century musical life and the patronage of Henry and Elizabeth, 3rd Duke and Duchess of Buccleuch.

Dalkeith Palace - A Passion For Music

The exhibition tour explores Dalkeith Palace’s musical past through artefacts originally intended for Dalkeith Palace, illustrated text panels and a soundtrack of music originally heard at the Palace over 200 years ago.

Join us to celebrate the musical life and patronage of Henry and Elizabeth, 3rd Duke and Duchess of Buccleuch, who made their home a true salon of the Scottish Enlightenment. A cast of exceptional thinkers and performers were welcomed to Dalkeith Palace, including the educational innovator Anne Young, star soprano Angelica Catalani, Scottish music advocates Niel and Nathaniel Gow, Ignatius Sancho, the first composer of African descent to publish his music in Britain, and the Italian Corri family who were central to musical life in Edinburgh.

Passion for Music tour

Dalkeith Palace Tour & Exhibition

Join one of our guides to discover the many layers of Dalkeith Palace’s intriguing history. You will explore Duchess Anna’s creation of the Palace in the early 1700s, learn how subsequent members of the Buccleuch family came to use it and see some of the traces left by more recent tenants. This tour will also provide an introduction to our summer exhibition ‘Dalkeith Palace – A Passion for Music’ and allow time to explore this in greater depth.

Small group tours will be running at 11.30 and 14.30 on Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays from 18 June to 03 September. Tickets are now on sale at £9.50.

Family tours of Dalkeith Palace

Family Friendly Dalkeith Palace Tour

Enjoy a small group, family friendly tour of the main rooms of Dalkeith Palace, mainly exploring the ground floor.

In this 30 minute tour, you’ll glance behind the doors of Dalkeith Palace. Hear about some of the intriguing characters who lived in these ancient walls and discover hidden features. A fun and fact-filled, half-hour exploration of the palace with a family photo opportunity at the end.

These tours will be running at 10:30 and 13.30 on Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays from 18 June to 03 September.  The tour will last approximately 30 minutes with tickets now on sale: Adults – £4.50 and Children (12 and under) – £2.25.

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