Burgh Halls opens on Easter weekend

060411 tour of newly refurbished linlithgow burgh halls
060411 tour of newly refurbished linlithgow burgh halls

LINLITHGOW’S most famous townhouse, the Burgh Halls, will fully open to the public from today (Friday) in time for Easter.

Today (Friday), there will be a rare visit from a puffin from the Scottish Seabird Centre. Visitors that find her in the building will win a prize and if not, can enjoy the chocolate eggs she will leave around the building. Information is also available on local community groups such as the bridge club now using the Burgh Halls, a programme of weekly dance classes for adults and the children’s workshops that will be staged during the school summer holidays.

Jim Walker, councillor for culture and leisure, said: “The exciting Easter programme is an ideal way to introduce the building to local people and visitors to Linlithgow.” 

The interactive story board in the reception area explains the fascinating history of the building and the new exhibition “Dialogue with the Land”, featuring new paintings of Linlithgow by Kate Downie is on display in the gallery.

She said: “Being invited to present this exhibition as the inaugural event in the refurbished gallery of the Burgh Hall is an honour, and to mark this honour I have explored the town and tried to make some new pictures that hopefully do justice to its position in Scotland today.”

An “in depth” illustrated presentation and discussion of her work by Kate will take place on Wednesday, April 20, and a guided tour will take place on Thursday, May 5. These events are free but must be booked. The exhibition runs until June 2.

Guided tours of the Burgh Halls, right, are on tomorrow (Saturday) and on Easter Monday, April 25, at 11am and 3pm. Numbers are limited so book your place by phoning 01506 777666.