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An exclusive evening at Mary's court

Drawing of Mary, Queen of Scots and courtier playing music

Map & directions

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

The nearest train station is Edinburgh Waverley. The Palace is a 15 minute walk from the station.  

Visit National Rail Enquiries for times and fares.

By tram

The nearest tram stop is York Place. The Palace is a 20 minute walk from the stop.

Visit Edinburgh Trams for times and fares.

By coach / bus

Bus number 35 stops near the Palace.  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.

  • Palace of Holyroodhouse
    Visitors are advised to arrive 10 - 15 minutes before their time slot and enter via the shop entrance.
  • Next event: Friday, 8 Dec 2023
    1 upcoming event
  • 17:00 - 21:00
  • £25.00
  • Booking essential. Eligible for 1-Year Pass.
  • Adults
Mary, Queen of Scots Bedchamber

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.

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