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George IV: Art & Spectacle

The Queen's Gallery, Palace of Holyroodhouse

  • Next event: Friday, 16 Oct 2020
    Daily (Friday, 16 Oct 2020 - Monday, 5 Apr 2021)
  • Adults, Groups (15+ people)

George IV was one of the greatest collectors of his day and acquired many of the finest works of art in the Royal Collection. Set against the backdrop of the French Revolution and Napoleonic Wars, the exhibition considers the King’s public image, taste for the theatrical and exotic, and admiration of French style. Alongside his love of spectacle, the exhibition examines the more private side of this exuberant monarch, including works from his libraries and vast collection of prints and drawings. Dutch Old Master paintings, Sèvres porcelain and the magnificent silver-gilt Grand Service are among the highlights of George’s collection.

Map & directions

The Queen's Gallery, Palace of Holyroodhouse, Canongate, The Royal Mile, Edinburgh, EH8 8DX
By car

There is a public car park adjacent to the Palace at Broad Pavement. Please visit the Historic Environment Scotland website for more details.

Accessible parking spaces are located on Horse Wynd, just outside the Palace, on a first-come first-serve basis.

By train

Edinburgh Waverley. The Queen's Gallery is a 15 minute walk from the station.

By tram

The nearest tram stop is York Place. The Queen’s Gallery is a 20 minute walk from the station. Visit Edinburgh Trams for times and fares.

By coach / bus

Bus numbers 6 and 35 stop near the Gallery.  Open-top tour buses stop nearby.

Limited free coach parking is available adjacent to the Palace. Alternative pay-and-display coach parking is available on nearby Regent Road.