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Palace of Holyroodhouse

Palace of HolyroodhouseCanongate
The Royal Mile
Telephone: 0131 556 5100


The Palace of Holyroodhouse, the official residence in Scotland of Her Majesty The Queen, stands against the spectacular backdrop of Arthur's Seat.

This fine baroque palace is closely associated with Scotland's rich history especially the reign of Mary Queen of Scots.
The Queen's Gallery at the Palace hosts a programme of changing exhibitions from the Royal Collection. A joint ticket is available.
The cafe at the Palace's offers a wide range of refreshments throughout the day.
A complimentary family audio tour is accompanied by a programme of family activities during school holidays and at weekends.

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It may be worth checking out Palace of Holyroodhouse's website to see if there are any special events or seasonal fun things to do that may be going on during the day.

We do strongly suggest you contact Palace of Holyroodhouse before you set off on your family day out, just to make sure they are open and to confirm admission prices, as there is nothing worse than disappointed kids in the back of your car after a long journey.

Opening Times

2016 Details:
November to March 9:30am to 4:30pm (last admission 3:15pm).
April to October 9:30am to 6pm (last admission 4:30pm).
A typical visit lasts between 1 and 2 hours.


"I'm hungry"

The Cafe at the Palace provides a wide and varied contemporary menu, serving hot and cold drinks, light snacks and main meals. Prepared freshly by the in-house chefs, the menu changes daily. The cafe has ample indoor and outdoor seating, and groups are welcome to reserve a seating area. Alternatively, if time is limited, arrangements can be made for take-away food to be delivered to your coach.


"are we there yet?"

The Palace of Holyroodhouse is located in the heart of Edinburgh at the end of the Royal Mile, opposite the new Scottish Parliament building. By train: Edinburgh Waverley. The Palace is a 15-minute walk from the station. By bus: Number 35 and 36 stop near the Palace.

Prices & Admission

2016 Prices:
Adult £11.60
Over 60/Student (with valid ID) £10.60
Under 17/Disabled £7
Under 5 Free
Family (2 adults, 3 under 17s) £30.20


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Palace of HolyroodhouseCanongate
The Royal Mile
Telephone: 0131 556 5100