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St. Andrew's Activity

Painted unicorn on a building 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.

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
  • Sunday, 29 Nov 2020
  • 10:00 - 15:00
  • Included with Palace ticket or 1-Year Pass

Ahead of St. Andrew's Day, join us at the Palace of Holyroodhouse to discover myths and legends associated with Scottish monarchs, explore stories behind famous symbols, and hear traditional music played on the fiddle.


Signs and Symbols

Scottish symbols can be found throughout the Palace of Holyroodhouse, from architectural details to interior decoration. Join us to discover the story behind some of Scotland's most famous symbols, and take inspiration from these symbols to create your own in our metal embossing activity.

This activity will be delivered as drop-in events to one household at a time running from 10:00 - 15:00


Mythical monarchs

The Great Gallery at the Palace of Holyroodhouse contains many portraits famous Scottish monarchs such as Charles II, Mary, Queen of Scots, and Robert the Bruce. Yet some of the names and faces in these portraits are not so familiar- find out more in our drop-in talks exploring the tales of some of Scotland's mythical monarchs.   

These talks will be delivered as drop-in events to one household at a time running from 10:00 - 15:00


Traditional Tunes

The Palace has been filled with many different types of music over the years. To help celebrate St. Andrew's Day the Palace will be filled with traditional Scottish fiddle tunes.

Short 10 minute performances will take place at 12:00, 13:00, 14:00 and 15:00.


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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