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Palace of Holyroodhouse

Edinburgh, Edinburgh and Lothian, Scotland

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Suitable for ages: Young Children (4-8), Older Children (9-12) and Teenagers (13-18)

Venue type: Indoor, Outdoor

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.


  • Picnics Allowed Picnics Allowed
  • Restaurant Onsite Restaurant Onsite
  • Wheelchair Friendly Wheelchair Friendly
  • Toilets Available Toilets Available
  • Baby Changing Available Baby Changing Available
  • Parking Available Nearby Parking Available Nearby
  • Pushchair Friendly Pushchair Friendly

Getting There and Contact Information


Canongate, The Royal Mile, Edinburgh, Edinburgh and Lothian, EH8 8DX, Scotland


Click here to visit Palace of Holyroodhouse's website
0303 123 7306

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Standard Opening Times and Pricing

Opening hours

April - October: Monday to Sunday 09:30 – 18:00 (last admission 16:30)

November to March: Monday to Sunday 09:30 – 16:30 (last admission 15:15)

The Palace is closed on 14th April, 25th & 26th December and during Royal visits. Closures are subject to change, so please ensure that you double check the Palace is open. 


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Adults from £12.50

Kids from £7.50

Last Entry

April - October: last admission 16:30

November to March: last admission 15:15

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Eating information

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.


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Palace of Holyroodhouse


Adults from £12.50
Kids from £7.50

Adults from £12.50
Kids from £7.50

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