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Palace of Holyroodhouse

Information for groups visiting the Palace of Holyroodhouse

Whether your group is interested in a special or private visit, or just wants a truly magnificent experience visiting one of the royal residences, our team can help you get the most out of your visit. We offer a groups discount for bookings of 15 or more, and group-only products designed to enrich your experience at the official residences of The King.

Group prices and book tickets

Book in advance for the best value.

Children go half price.

Palace of Holyroodhouse for Groups

01 Jan 2024 - 30 Dec 2024
Book a ticket to the Palace of Holyroodhouse, the home of Scottish royal history and the official residence in Scotland of His Majesty The King.
In advance
On the day
Young Person (18-24)
Child (5-17)
Access companion
Under 5
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Prices for group leaders and guides 

Subject to availability, Scottish Blue Badge Guides registered with the Institute of Tour Guiding enjoy free entry. To gain free admission, Blue Badge Guides should go to the visitor entrance and show their Blue Badge and Institute of Tourist Guiding membership card on the day of their visit.

One unauthorised guide or group leader will enjoy free entry when accompanying a group of 15 people or more. For groups of 14 people or fewer, any unauthorised guide or group leader must be included as part of the booking. 

Group Visits & Private Tours 2024

Browse our Group Visits & Private Tours brochure for details of our full programme for groups in 2024

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Group bookings & payments

Groups can reserve and book tickets on our website or by calling the Ticket Sales and Information Office on +44 (0)303 123 7321. Please note that a £2.00 transaction fee is applied to all telephone bookings.

Pre-booked group tickets must be paid for by credit card or company cheque with two signatures 30 days before the day of the visit. On-the-day group visits must be paid for by cash or credit card.

We accept the following credit cards:

  • Visa
  • Mastercard
  • American Express
  • JCB
  • Switch/Maestro
  • Diners Club

Company cheques should be made payable to 'Royal Collection Enterprises Limited'.

Coach Parking

Coach set-down and pick-up and limited coach parking is available on a first-come first-serve basis next to the Palace, accessible via Abbeyhill. Coach drivers must remain with the vehicle for the duration of the visit and are respectfully asked to switch off their engines when stationary.

Please note that coach parking is limited only to groups seeking paid entry to the Palace or The King's Gallery.  Alternative pay-and-display coach parking is available on nearby Regent Road.


Guiding in the Palace

No guiding is permitted inside the Palace of Holyroodhouse but is welcomed in external areas, namely the Forecourt, Holyrood Abbey and the royal gardens. Blue Badge Guides receive free admission to the Palace, subject to availability, when they present their credentials

Multimedia guides

Visitors can also enjoy a free multimedia tour at the Palace of Holyroodhouse. The multimedia tour is available in ten languages:

  • English
  • Gaelic
  • French
  • German
  • Spanish
  • Italian
  • Japanese
  • Russian
  • Mandarin
  • Brazilian Portuguese

The tour guides you through your visit to the Palace, including the Royal and Historic Apartments. The commentary introduces the history of Holyroodhouse and explains the role of the Palace as an official residence of The King. Hear about the Palace’s former residents, including Mary, Queen of Scots and Bonnie Prince Charlie. 

We also offer:

  • Family multimedia tour. Collect your handset and let our Family audio tour guide you around the Palace. Search for hidden unicorns and lions and find out more about the Palace's famous royal inhabitants, past and present. Aimed at children aged 7-11, available in English. 
  • Audio tour for blind and partially sighted visitors. The tour provides information about the Palace as well as directions and location information to assist visitors throughout their visit.

Visitors can buy an Official Souvenir Guide for the Palace of Holyroodhouse either in advance from our online shop or on the day of the visit.

The Palace of Holyroodhouse: Official Souvenir Guide


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What's On for Groups

The income from your ticket contributes directly to The Royal Collection Trust, a registered charity. The aims of The Royal Collection Trust are the care and conservation of the Royal Collection, and the promotion of access and enjoyment through exhibitions, publications, loans and educational activities.