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Palace paintbox

Adult and child 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, 24 Jul 2021
  • 10:00 - 15:00
  • Included in Palace ticket or 1-Year Pass
Full-length portrait of James VI and I

James VI & I by Paul van Somer, RCIN 401224 ©

Join us for a day of activities inspired by the many portraits you can see at the Palace. 

Clothing on Canvass

How do we know about what people looked like- and what they wore- before photography was invented? Through the power of portraits, and the clothing we see on canvass! Find out what portraits can reveal to us through the poses, objects, and clothing shown; see replica clothing up close, before trying out your new-found knowledge on the many paintings in the Palace. 


Portraits at the Palace 

Centuries ago, paintings were one of the only ways that people would get to see the King or Queen; and so the artist would often paint clues which tell us something about the person in the painting. Use this trail to be an art detective and explore the Palace, discovering details and hidden histories in the portraits on display. Pick up your copy and get exploring! 


Royal ruffs and palace portraits

Make your own ruff fit for medieval royalty, then strike a right royal pose to create your own palace portrait in front of our pop-up ‘painting –booth’ photo frame! 


These drop in activity will be delivered to one household at a time. Please see our FAQs for more details on our Covid-secure procedures in place.

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