All Ages Indoor & Outdoor Historical

Palace of Holyroodhouse

Palace of Holyroodhouse, Canongate, Edinburgh, Edinburgh, EH8 8DX
0303 123 7306
Average time spent - 2 hours
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Things to do at Palace of Holyroodhouse review

Owned by Her Majesty the Queen is this 16th-century palace. It is the official residence of the British monarch in Scotland and it is located at the bottom of the Royal Mile in Edinburgh, at the opposite end to Edinburgh castle. Queen Elizabeth II spends one week here at the beginning of every summer.

At the Palace, you can explore the close associations with some of Scotland’s most well-known historical figures such as Mary, Queen of Scots and Bonnie Prince Charlie. There are state apartments that you can look around including the King’s Bedchamber the grandest of all the rooms. Other rooms include the Royal dining room, throne room, Mary, Queen of Scots’ chambers and more.

Standing next to the Palace is Holyrood Abbey which was once one of the grandest medieval abbeys in Scotland. The Palace wardens conduct daily tours of the abbey where you can learn more about its history. There are also the beautiful 4-hectare palace gardens that you can visit.

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FAQ and Further Information Palace of Holyroodhouse

Is there food and drink available?

There is a cafe serving hot and cold food and drinks.

What are the main things to do?

Palace owned by Her Majesty the Queen with state apartments you can explore, an abbey and gardens. There are toilets and a cafe.

What are the ticket prices?

*Prices are subject to change and/or discounts online. *Higher-priced. An adult ticket costs £16.50, children 5-16 £9.50, under 5s are free. Other pricing options including a family ticket and a combined ticket including the Gallery are available.

Is there parking?

There is parking nearby, charges apply.

When are they open?

The Palace is open for most of the year. As the Palace of Holyroodhouse is a working royal palace, sometimes closures can happen at short notice. For up to date opening times and dates please visit their website.

Dog friendly?

Only registered assistance dogs are permitted.

Are they accessible?

Palace of Holyroodhouse
Palace of Holyroodhouse
Palace of Holyroodhouse
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