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Palace of Holyroodhouse

Edinburgh, Edinburgh and Lothian, Scotland

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Attraction Information

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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, 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. Explore the ill-fated queen’s chambers, where she lived during her short but turbulent reign, including her bedchamber and the Outer Chamber, a prayer niche she would have used for her personal devotion.

Take the complimentary family audio tour of the Palace which is accompanied by a programme of family activities during school holidays and at weekends.

The Queen's Gallery at the Palace hosts a programme of changing exhibitions from The Royal Collection, you’ll also find portraits of legendary Scottish monarchs lining the walls. Adjacent to the Palace you’ll find Holyrood Abbey. During summer months you can learn all about the buildings extraordinary history with a guided tour where you’ll be escorted by Warden’s dresses in their ancient hunting Stewart tartan.

Spend your day getting stuck into some Scottish royal history!

  • Take a complimentary family audio tour of the Palace
  • Admire 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. 


Adults: £12.50

Over 60's/Students (with ID): £11.40

Under 17's/Disabled: £7.50

Under 5's: free

Last Entry

April - October: last admission 16:30

November to March: last admission 15:15

More Information

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
OAPs from £11.40
Students from £11.40
Kids from £7.50

Adults from £12.50
OAPs from £11.40
Students from £11.40
Kids from £7.50

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