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Family Activities: Summer at the Palace of Holyroodhouse

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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.

By train

Edinburgh Waverley. The Palace is a 15-minute walk from the station.  Visit National Rail Enquiries for times and fares.

By coach / bus

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

Coach parking is provided free of charge.

  • Palace of Holyroodhouse
  • Daily (Monday, 7 Jul 2014 - Sunday, 31 Aug 2014)
  • 09:00 - 18:00 (last admission 16:30)
  • Activities are included in the standard admission price.

The Palace of Holyroodhouse offers a great day out for families. Look out for our exciting programme of regular drop-in sessions and activity trails for families.

Activities available everyday:

Family Audio Tour

Find out about The Queen's official home in Scotland, as you explore the Palace with our lively family audio tour. Learn about the Palace and its most famous resident Mary, Queen of Scots. Discover some of the other kings and queens that have lived here and look for unusual furniture, sparkling jewels and more.

Palace Family Room

The Family Room is a dedicated space for families based in a hidden room in the Palace. There are selection of stories, games and creative activities to choose from. You can also dress up like royalty with new costumes added for summer 2014.

Family Garden Trail

The Palace Gardens are a hidden secret in Edinburgh’s busy city centre. Use our family trail to explore woodland paths and giant lawns. Look out for local wildlife and find out why a lion used to live here.

Family Abbey Trail

Holyrood Abbey is nearly 900 years old.  Explore this majestic building and find out about the monks who used to live there, the famous events that have taken place within its walls and how it got its name.

Make and Take

Families are invited to get creative in the Palace Family Room with our drop in arts and crafts sessions.