Palace of Holyroodhouse

Historic Buildings & Homes

Palace Of Holyroodhouse, Canongate, Royal Mile, Edinburgh, Lothian, EH8 8DX

    Visit The Palace of Holyroodhouse, Her Majesty The Queen's official residence in Scotland. Standing at the end of Edinburgh's Royal Mile, this fine palace is the home of Scottish royal history.

    At the Palace of Holyroodhouse, visitors can explore 14 magnificent historic and State Apartments, the romantic ruins of the 12th-century Holyrood Abbey and remarkable royal gardens, all with a complimentary audio tour. Best known as the home of Mary, Queen of Scots, the Palace was the setting for many dramatic episodes in her short reign. Today, the State Apartments are used regularly by The Queen for State ceremonies and official entertaining.

    The Queen's Gallery at the Palace of Holyroodhouse hosts a programme of changing exhibitions from the Royal Collection.
    Current exhibition at The Queen's Gallery:
    Scottish Artists 1750-1900: From Caledonia to the Continent
    Thursday, 6 August 2015 to Sunday, 7 February 2016

    This is the first ever exhibition devoted to Scottish art in the Royal Collection and brings together paintings, drawings and miniatures collected by monarchs from George III to Queen Victoria.

    It includes the work of painters who were born in Scotland and travelled abroad, such as Allan Ramsay and Sir David Wilkie, and of those whose inspiration remained firmly rooted in their native land, such as Alexander Nasmyth and James Giles.

    In particular, the exhibition highlights the importance and influence of artists whose work was shaped by the ideas of the Scottish Enlightenment

    Palace Opening times: 
    November - March 09:30-16:30
    (last admission 15:15)
    April - October 09:30-18:00
    (last admission 16:30)
    The Palace of Holyroodhouse is closed on 25-26 December 2015.

    Admission prices:
    The Palace of Holyroodhouse 
    (includes an audio tour)
    Adult £11.60
    Over 60/Student (with valid ID) £10.60
    Under 17 £7.00
    Under 5 Free
    Family (2 adults, 3 under 17s) £30.20

    Combined Visit: Palace and Gallery
    (includes audio tours)
    Adult £16.00
    Over 60/Student (with valid ID) £14.50
    Under 17 £9.00
    Under 5 Free
    Family (2 adults, 3 under 17s) £41.00
    Visitors with disabilities:

    Detailed access information is available here: The Palace of Holyroodhouse Access Information

    If you have any additional questions please contact our Specialist Sales team on or +44 (0)20 7766 7324.

    When possible, the Palace and The Queen’s Gallery will also offer parking for visitors with disabilities.  To enquire about parking, please telephone 0131 524 1120. 


    Opening Times
    Open All Year
    Open New Year
    2015 Opening Times
    1 Jan 2015 - 31 Dec 2015

    November - March 09:30-16:30
    (last admission 15:15)
    April - October 09:30-18:00
    (last admission 16:30)

    The Palace of Holyroodhouse is closed on:
    December 25 - 26

    As a working royal palace, opening arrangements may chance at short notice. Please check our website before planning a visit.


    • Some or all of the displays/exhibits/parts of the attraction
    • The main entrance has level access


    • Baby Changing Facilities Available
    • Children Welcome


    • ASVA Member
    • Level Access


    • City Centre
    • City Location
    • Town Centre

    Special Requirements

    • Coach Parties Welcome
    • Groups Welcome
    • School Groups Welcome


    • Cafe / Restaurant available on site Group-friendly cafe on site. Opening Hours same as the Palace.
    • Shop


    • Public Toilet Facilities

    Leisure Facilities

    • Garden
    • Gift Shop

    Payment Methods

    • American Express Card
    • Cash
    • Debit Card
    • Delta Card
    • Electron
    • JCB Card
    • Maestro Card
    • Mastercard
    • Solo Card
    • Switch Card
    • VISA Card


    • Accessible Parking or Drop Off Point
    • Coach Parking On-site
    • On Public Transport Route
    • Paid Parking within easy distance
    • Parking

    Public Transport Directions

    Palace Of Holyroodhouse - Getting There:

    By train: Edinburgh Waverley. The Palace is a 15-minute walk from the station.

    By coach: Open-top tour buses stop nearby. Coach parking is provided free of charge.

    By bus: Number 35 and 36 stop near the Palace.

    By road: Public car park situated alongside the Palace

    Address: Palace of Holyroodhouse, Canongate, The Royal Mile, EH8 8DX

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