Visit The Palace of Holyroodhouse, Her Majesty The Queen's official residence in Scotland. Standing at the end of Edinburgh's historic 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:
Maria Merian's ButterfliesFriday 17 March - Sunday 23 July 2017
In 1699, the German artist and entomologist Maria Sibylla Merian set sail with her youngest daughter for Suriname in South America. There she would spend two years studying the animals and plants she encountered, leading to the publication of the lavishly illustrated Metamorphosis Insectorum Surinamensium (The Metamorphosis of the Insects of Suriname), which brought the wonders of Suriname to Europe.
Maria Merian's Butterflies tells the artist’s extraordinary story through her works acquired by George III and now in the Royal Collection. These include the luxury versions of the plates from the Metamorphosis, partially printed and then hand-painted on vellum by Merian herself.
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 14 April, 16 - 27 May, 27 June - 8 July and 25-26 December 2017.
Admission prices: The Palace of Holyroodhouse (includes an audio tour)