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Glorious gardens

Family in the Palace of Holyroodhouse gardens
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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.

  • Palace of Holyroodhouse
  • Every Saturday, Sunday (Saturday, 1 Aug 2020 - Sunday, 30 Aug 2020)
  • 11:00 - 15:00
  • Included with Palace ticket or 1-Year Pass
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Step off the paths and have some socially-distanced family fun!

Discover tales of the long lost Royal Menagerie from 500 years ago, when lions roared in the Palace grounds. Create your own mini menagerie as you make an origami wolf, bear, bird or lion to take home.

Ready, steady, go! All the family can take part in our Royal Races – get set for the Faberge egg and spoon race, show if you are steady enough to balance a crown on your head, and get your hooves up ready for the unicorn run!

We have special family trails and interactive multimedia guides for families available every day.

All activities are included in your Palace ticket. You can convert your ticket into a 1-Year Pass for no extra charge, enabling you to come to the Palace again and again for the next year, when we’ll have lots more activities for you to enjoy.

All events at the Palace of Holyroodhouse will be managed in line with COVID-secure procedures. Please see our Welcome Back page for more information.

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