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Exhibition

Victoria and Albert: Our Lives in Watercolour

Victoria and Albert are greeted having arrived at St Pierre, Guernsey, with crowds lining the harbour
Paul Jacob Naftel, The Queen and Prince Albert landing at St Pierre, Guernsey, 24 August 1846 ©

The Queen's Gallery, Palace of Holyroodhouse

  • Next event: Monday, 26 Apr 2021
    Every Monday, Thursday, Friday, Saturday, Sunday (Monday, 26 Apr 2021 - Sunday, 3 Oct 2021)
  • Adult: £7.80
    Over 60: £7.00
    Child (5-16): £3.90
    Disabled: £3.90
    Student: £6.40
    Under 5: Free
    Family: £19.50
  • Owing to government guidance the Gallery is temporarily closed, but will reopen on 26 April. For more information see our FAQs.
  • Adults, Groups (15+ people)
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Throughout their marriage, Queen Victoria and Prince Albert were enthusiastic patrons (and practitioners) of the art of watercolour painting. They formed a collection of thousands of watercolours, many illustrating scenes of their public and private lives, and often spent happy evenings together organising their acquisitions into albums. This exhibition – including many works being displayed for the first time – marks the bicentenary of the births of both Victoria and Albert. These colourful, dynamic watercolours capture the pomp and spectacle of the British court, foreign travel and diplomacy, the exploration and shaping of a modern nation and, importantly, the close-knit family at the heart of it all.

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.

By bike

A free-to-use public bicycle rack is located opposite the Scottish Parliament. Cycle hire stations are available nearby on both Holyrood Road and Abbeyhill, within a 5 minute walk of the Palace and The Queen’s Gallery. Visit Edinburgh Cycle Hire for details.