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Things to do with children

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The Palace of Holyroodhouse offers a great day out for children. Here are some ideas to help you plan your visit.

 

Take the free family audio tour

Learn more about the Palace and its most famous residents with our interactive audio tour designed for families to enjoy together. Look out for unusual furniture, sparkling jewels and more.

 

Pick up a family activity trail

Complete fun activities with one of our themed family trails as you explore the State Apartments, Gardens and Abbey.

 

To help plan your visit make sure you read our practical information.

The Family Room

The Family Room is a dedicated relaxing space for families. There is a selection of fun stories, costumes, games and creative activities to choose from.

This room will be closed for refurbishment from Saturday 1st December and will re-open in mid-January 2019. Please check back for updates.

The Family Room

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Top things to look out for

  1. The Royal Dining Room - What’s on the menu? Count the chairs around the table, and guess where The Queen prefers to sit.
  2. Thrones - Go on a hunt for two thrones. They are over 100 years old and were made for The Queen’s grandparents, King George V and Queen Mary. Can you spot the differences between them?
  3. The King’s Bed - This amazing four-poster bed was made for Charles II, but he never slept in it. Imagine what it was like to stay in the Palace over 300 years ago.
  4. The Great Gallery - This is the biggest room in the Palace – you could fit three double-decker buses in it. Bonnie Prince Charlie held a famous party here. Discover the secret of the 96 portraits on the walls.
  5. The Palace Gardens - The Palace Gardens are a hidden secret in Edinburgh’s busy city centre. Use our family trail to explore woodland paths and giant lawns. Look out for local wildlife and find out why a lion used to live here.
  6. Holyrood Abbey - Holyrood Abbey is nearly 900 years old. Explore this majestic building and find out about the monks who used to live there, the famous events that have taken place within its walls and how it got its name. Tours run at regular intervals throughout the day from April to October.

What's on for children and families

At the end of your visit, don’t forget to ask a Warden to stamp your ticket and convert it into a 1-Year Pass to enjoy free re-admission for 12 months.

Try our interactive game

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Explore the Palace of Holyroodhouse: Children's activity

Discover the history of the Palace of Holyroodhouse and find out some of the fun facts about the Kings and Queens that have lived here.

Explore the Palace of Holyroodhouse interactive game