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Family Event Day: Crowns and Coronations

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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.

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

By train

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 station. Visit Edinburgh Trams for times and fares.

By coach / bus

Bus numbers 6 and 35 stop 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. 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.

  • Palace of Holyroodhouse
  • Saturday, 19 Sep 2015
  • 10:00 - 16:00
  • Adult £11.60
    Over 60/ Student (only with valid I.D) £10.60
    Under 17/ Disabled £7.00
    Under 5 Free
    Family Ticket (2 adults and 3 children under 17) £30.20
  • All activities are included in standard admission to the Palace COME BACK FOR FREE! Get your ticket stamped on your first visit and come back for free as many times as you like for one year. A great way to fill the school holidays at no extra cost.

As The Queen becomes the longest-reigning British monarch, celebrate this important milestone with a day of fantastic family events.

Activity trail - explore the reign of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II with our activity trail and photographic display in the Quadrangle.

Storytelling - what happens at a coronation ceremony? Listen to themed stories and music in the Throne Room and find out about events on the day Her Majesty, The Queen was crowned. Sessions last 40 minutes and include a look back in time at the coronations of other monarchs, including Queen Victoria. 10:30, 13:30 and 14:30.

Family Garden Party Tours - explore the South Lawn where The Queen holds her annual garden party.  See where the gardeners grow plants in preparation, learn about the famous Royal Company of Archers who guard Her Majesty on the day and sample a slice of a garden party favourite food. Tours at 11:30, 14:30 and 15:30.

Make and Take Craft Activity - join us in the Palace Coach House and find out about the different crowns and tiaras The Queen has worn for special occasions during her reign.  Use them as inspiration to make your own sparkling crown to take home.

Spot the Crown Treasure Hunt - pick up a treasure map The Quadrangle and follow the clues to see how many crowns you can find hidden in the the Palace.

Face painting - crown jewel themed face painting in the Family Room.