Palace of Holyroodhouse

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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:
    High Spirits: The Comic Art of Thomas  Rowlandson
    Friday, 22 November 2013 to Sunday, 2 March 2014  

    The absurdities of fashion, the perils of love, political machinations and royal intrigue were the daily subject matter of Thomas Rowlandson, one of the leading caricaturists of Georgian England.

    Rowlandson was working at a time when English satirical prints were prized by collectors across Europe. A number of the works in the exhibition were purchased by George, Prince of Wales, later Prince Regent and King George IV. Ironically the Prince was often the butt of caricaturists’ jokes and sometimes tried to prevent the publication of images that he felt were particularly offensive.Through Rowlandson’s drawings and prints, the exhibition examines life at the turn of the 19th century.

    Opening times:

    The Palace of Holyroodhouse is open daily.

    1 April to 31 October 2013
    09:30-18:00 (last admission 17:00)

    1 November 2013 to 31 March 2014
    09:30-16:30 (last admission 15:30)

    The Palace of Holyroodhouse is closed:
    25-26 December 2013
    18 April 2014

    During royal visits

    Admission prices:
    The Palace of Holyroodhouse 
    (includes an audio tour)
    Adult £11.00
    Over 60/Student (with valid ID) £10.00
    Under 17 £6.65
    Under 5 Free
    Family (2 adults, 3 under 17s) £29.25

    Combined Visit: Palace and Gallery
    (includes audio tours)
    Adult £15.50
    Over 60/Student (with valid ID) £14.15
    Under 17 £8.80
    Under 5 Free
    Family (2 adults, 3 under 17s) £40.80
    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
    2014 Opening Times
    1 Jan 2014 - 31 Dec 2014


    • Cafe / Restaurant available on site


    • Public Toilet Facilities

    Leisure Facilities

    • Gift Shop

    Payment Methods

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


    • Coach Parking Off-site / street
    • Disabled Parking


    • Children Welcome


    • ASVA Member
    • Disabled Access


    • City Centre

    Special Requirements

    • Coach Parties Welcome
    • School Groups Welcome
    • 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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