- Castles and Palaces
- Tourist Attractions
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.
- Restaurant Onsite
- Wheelchair Friendly
- Toilets Available
- Baby Changing Available
- Disabled Toilets Available
- Parking Available Nearby
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
Standard Opening Times and Pricing
1st April - 31st October: Monday to Sunday 09:30 – 18:00
1st November - 31st March: Monday to Sunday 09:30 – 16:30
The Palace is closed on 14th April, 25th & 26th December and during Royal visits. Please see website before you visit.
75 minutes before attraction closes.
Assistance/Guide Dogs only.
There is no wheelchair access to may, Queen of Scots' Chambers.