Falkland Palace, Garden and Old Burgh
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Did you know that the oldest tennis court in Britain is to be found at Falkland Palace - it dates from 1539? It was used by James V and a young James VI of Scotland, the future James I of England, as the Renaissance-style palace was the Stuart hunting lodge from its construction to 1625. It was also visited in 1958 by Queen Elizabeth II . It is of course a real tennis court; but of a rather rare type, the jeu carre.

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