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Inspired by Burns: Activity day

Family making a craft
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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 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. 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, 21 Jan 2023
  • 10:00 - 15:00
  • Included with Palace ticket or 1-Year Pass
Tam O'Shanter Chair

Tam O'Shanter Chair ©

Join us at the Palace ahead of Burns Night for a day of activities celebrating Scotland’s national poet.

Making mini books

Did you know that there are a number of miniature books containing works by Robert Burns in the Royal Collection? Find out about these miniature masterpieces and try your hand at making your own to take home.

Tam O’Shanter Tale

Hear the terrific tale of Tam O’Shanter, and make your own puppet to take home and help you tell this famous tale. 

Palace poems

Burns wrote poems about many people, including some famous figures with connections to the Palace. Join us for some short recitals of these works.

Burns and the Stuarts - 11:00

Burns and the Jacobites - 12:00


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