The Queen's Gallery - Palace Of Holyroodhouse


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

    Built in the shell of the former Holyrood Free Church and Duchess of Gordon's School, the Queen's Gallery at the Palace of Holyroodhouse showcases changing exhibitions from the Royal Collection. Current exhibition - "Scottish Artists".

    At The Queen's Gallery, visitors can marvel at delicate works of art from the Royal Collection, some of which will be shown in Scotland for the very first time.
    Experience the Gallery on its own or with a great value combined ticket to the Palace of Holyroodhouse.

    Current exhibition:
    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

     Forthcoming exhibition:

    Masters of the Everyday: Dutch Artists in the Age of Vermeer
    Friday, 4 March 2016 to Sunday, 24 July 2016

    The Dutch artists of the 17th century painted ordinary people doing everyday things. They offer us a glimpse into the rumbustious life of village taverns and peasant cottages, and the quiet domesticity of courtyards and parlours.

    While the subject­-matter may be ordinary – the preparation of food, eating and drinking, the enjoyment of music or a family game – the painting is rich and jewel-like, with equal attention paid to a discarded clay pipe as to a fine silk drape. The meticulously documented details often allude to a work's deeper meaning or to moral messages that would have been familiar to the contemporary viewer.

    Presenting 27 masterpieces from the Royal Collection, the exhibition includes works by Gerrit Dou, Gabriel Metsu, Jan Steen and Pieter de Hooch, and Johannes Vermeer's A Lady at the Virginal with a Gentleman, 'The Music Lesson'.

    Opening times:

    The Queen's Gallery is open daily.

    1 April to 31 October
    09:30-18:00 (last admission 17:00)
    1 November to 31 March
    09:30-16:30 (last admission 15:30)
    The Queen's Gallery is closed: 
    25 - 26 December 2015
    Admission prices:

    The Queen’s Gallery
    (includes free multimedia guide)
    Adult £6.60
    Over 60/Student (with valid ID) £6.00
    Under 17 £3.30
    Under 5 Free
    Family (2 adults, 3 under 17s) £16.50
    Combined Visit: Palace and Gallery
    (includes an audio tour)
    Adult £16.40
    Over 60/Student (with valid ID) £15.00
    Under 17 £9.30
    Under 5 Free
    Family (2 adults, 3 under 17s) £42.10

    Visitors with disabilities:
    Detailed access information is available here: The Queen's Gallery, Edinburgh Access Information

    The Queen's Gallery is fully accessible.  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
    2016 Opening Times
    15 Mar 2016 - 31 Dec 2016

    April to October 2015
    Open daily 09:30-18:00
    (last admission 17:00)

    November 2015 to March 2016
    Open daily 09:30-16:30
    (last admission 15:30)

    Gallery Closures:
    8 February - 3 March 2016
    25 July - 4 August 2016
    25 - 26 December 2016

    Check the official website for details of early closing on Christmas eve, Hogmanay and New Year's Day.


    • Cafe / Restaurant available on site
    • Shop


    • Public Toilet Facilities

    Leisure Facilities

    • Garden
    • Gift Shop

    Payment Methods

    • American Express Card
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    • Coach Parking On-site
    • On Public Transport Route
    • Public Parking Nearby


    • Baby Changing Facilities Available
    • Children Welcome


    • ASVA Member
    • Hearing Loop
    • Level Access


    • City Centre

    Special Requirements

    • Coach Parties Welcome
    • Groups Welcome

    Road Directions

    By road: Public car park situated alongside the Palace

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

    Public Transport Directions


    The Queen's Gallery, 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. 

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