Mary Queen of Scots

Images © National Museums Scotland; Royal Collection Trust © Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II 2013

Edinburgh boasts not only modern festivals and a vibrant culture but ancient wonders and breathtaking history. Mary Queen of Scots has been an iconic figure in Scottish history for centuries and now you can get to know her like never before. Discover the many sites across Scotland where Mary visited and even stayed; or follow in her footsteps at Palace of Holyroodhouse where you can view her bedchamber as well as the stunning rooms that have hosted Royalty throughout the decades.

At the National Museum of Scotland in Edinburgh, you'll find fascinating collection of jewellery, textiles, drawings, documents and other artefacts associated with this queen. Visit and get insight into the myth and reality that surrounds one of the most enigmatic and romanticised figures in Scottish history.

You can discover how Mary’s remarkable story lives on at a number of sites across the country. Look upon historic relics from her time as part of permanent collections at the National Museum of Scotland and the Palace of Holyroodhouse. Visit the haunting castles, stately homes and abbeys where her gripping drama unfolded, many of which are looked after by Historic Scotland. As Mary Queen of Scots wrote, ‘In my end is my beginning.’

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Mary, Queen of Scots Video
Mary, Queen of Scots Video

Get a behind the scenes look at the Mary Queen of Scots Exhibition at the National Museum of Scotland which took place in 2013