It was a year of record visitor numbers, primetime TV and thousands upon thousands of scones for Scone Palace.
The crowning place of the Kings of Scots saw a bumper tourist year with 115,000 visitors through its gates between April and October and the sale of 42,500 scones.
TV cook Mary Berry visited Scone, one of four country homes featured in BBC One’s Mary Berry’s Country Secrets and the programme was so popular that the Palace’s website almost crashed due to an upswing in online interest.
Meanwhile, the five-star visitor attraction is looking forward to a busy 2018, with a packed events schedule that includes, for the first time in the UK, the International Medieval Combat Federation’s World Championships from May 10 to 13.
Margo Baird, marketing manager at Scone Palace, said: “The year 2017 has been an exciting and tremendously busy year for us and no-one could have predicted how big the ‘Mary Berry effect’ would be.
Scone Palace and its grounds will be closed for January and will then resume winter hours when there is free admission to the grounds, coffee shop, food shop, children’s playground and maze each Friday, Saturday and Sunday. The Palace itself will re-open to the public on 30 March.
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