Palace of Holyroodhouse

Historic Buildings & Homes

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

    The Palace of Holyroodhouse, Her Majesty The Queen's official residence in Scotland, stands at the end of Edinburgh's Royal Mile against the spectacular backdrop of Arthur's Seat.

    At the Palace of Holyroodhouse visitors can explore the 14 historic and State Apartments and the ruins of Holyrood Abbey with a complimentary audio tour. Best known as the home of Mary, Queen of Scots, 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:
    "Castiglione: Lost Genius" at The Queen's Gallery, Palace of Holyroodhouse
    Friday, 14 November 2014 to Sunday, 15 February 2015

    One of the great artists of the Baroque, Giovanni Benedetto Castiglione (1609-64) was perhaps the most innovative and technically brilliant Italian draftsman of his time.  This exhibition showcases Castiglione's works and discusses them in the context of important new archival research on the artist's turbulent career and reputation.
    Palace Opening times: 
    November - March 09:30-16:30
    (last admission 15:15)
    April - October 09:30-18:00
    (last admission 16:30)
    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
    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)

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

    3 April 2015
    12-23 May 2015
    22 June - 5 July 2015


    • Cafe / Restaurant available on site


    • Public Toilet Facilities

    Leisure Facilities

    • Gift Shop

    Payment Methods

    • American Express Card
    • Cash
    • Debit Card
    • Delta Card
    • Electron
    • JCB Card
    • Maestro Card
    • Mastercard
    • No credit cards accepted
    • Solo Card
    • Switch Card
    • VISA Card


    • Accessible Parking or Drop Off Point
    • Coach Parking Off-site / street


    • Children Welcome


    • ASVA Member
    • Level Access


    • City Centre

    Special Requirements

    • Coach Parties Welcome
    • Groups Welcome
    • School Groups Welcome

    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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