The Palace of Holyroodhouse is the official Scottish residence of Her Majesty The Queen and stands against the spectacular backdrop of Arthur's Seat - an ancient volcano overlooking Edinburgh. Spend a day getting stuck into some royal history!
The Palace is a beautiful baroque structure where Mary Queen of Scots once lived during her short but turbulent reign. Explore the ill-fated queen’s quarters, including her bedchambers. Learn loads with the aid of a free audio guide which will point out the best bits you might have missed. There’s also a great programme of family-focused activities, like storytelling and face painting.
Be sure to visit The Queen's Gallery which has portraits of legendary Scottish monarchs lining the walls - see if you can name any! During the summer months, you might also fancy a visit to Holyrood Abbey which sits alongside the Palace. Learn all about its extraordinary history with a guided tour, plus be escorted by the Warden’s dresses in their ancient Stewart tartan. They may even inspire the more flamboyant dressers amongst you to crack out a kilt!
- See where Mary Queen of Scots once lived
- Explore exhibitions from The Royal Collection
- Take a guided tour of Holyrood Abbey
*Images credit: Royal Collection Trust / © Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II 2017, and Ian Jones.
1st April - 31st October
Monday to Sunday 09:30 – 18:00
1st November - 31st March
Monday to Sunday 09:30 – 16:30
1 hour 15 minutes before attraction closes.
Canongate, The Royal Mile,
Edinburgh and Lothian,
0303 123 7306
Kids (5-17): £8.10
Family (2 adults, 3 kids): £36.10
Yes, there is parking nearby.
Yes, there are toilets, accessible toilets and baby changing facilities.
Yes, there are baby changing facilities.
Palace of Holyroodhouse has not told us if you can bring a picnic.
Yes, there is an onsite restaurant.
Yes, Palace of Holyroodhouse is wheelchair friendly and has accessible toilets.
There is no wheelchair access to may, Queen of Scots' Chambers.
No, Palace of Holyroodhouse have stated they are not pushchair friendly.
Assistance/Guide Dogs only.