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An exclusive evening at Mary's court

Drawing of Mary, Queen of Scots and courtier playing music
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  • 17:00 - 21:00
  • £25.00
  • Booking essential. Eligible for 1-Year Pass.
  • Adults
    Mary's Bedchamber ©

    Join us on Mary, Queen of Scots' birthday to explore life at Mary's court. Beginning with a curator-led tour of Mary's chambers, delve into the Palace of the 1560s and hear 16th-century music fill the chambers, performed by The Galloway Consort.

    By the sparkling light of the Christmas tree in the Great Gallery, enjoy a surprising festive tale of courtly entertainment in the story of the Feast of the Bean. 

    Your journey will next take you to Abbey Strand, once home to members of Mary's court, to discover the work behind the scenes which brought court entertainment to life. See replica examples of historical clothing, hear about court fashions from a historical costume specialist, and perhaps even try on a courtly cloak yourself. Sounds and smells of the century come to life as you continue to explore by creating your own sweet-smelling cloth pomander. 

    Your evening will conclude with music from lutenist Eric Thomas, with pieces for lute and voice, as well as performances of historical dances. 

    Tickets can be booked for entry slots between 17:00 and 19:00 with your visit lasting approximately 2 hours. The evening will conclude with a glass of wine. 

    Please note that the Palace of Holyroodhouse is largely accessible, with some restrictions in Mary, Queen of Scots' rooms. Mobility access information is available. Enjoy free re-admission to the Palace for a year by asking us to convert your ticket to a 1-Year Pass.  Terms and conditions apply.

    The income from your ticket contributes directly to The Royal Collection Trust, a registered charity. The aims of The Royal Collection Trust are the care and conservation of the Royal Collection, and the promotion of access and enjoyment through exhibitions, publications, loans and educational activities.