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Warden at Palace of Holyroodhouse


You can visit the Palace of Holyroodhouse at your leisure using the complimentary audio guide, which lasts approximately 1 hour.

Tours of Holyrood Abbey, which are included in the ticket price run regularly throughout the day, there’s no need to book these in advance. 

Security and Luggage

For safety and security reasons, a one-way system operates along the visitor route.

Security screening

Visitors and their belongings may be subject to security checks

Restricted items

Some items, such as large items of baggage, backpacks and pushchairs have to be checked in and reclaimed at the end of the visit.

Smoking, including electronic e-cigarettes is not permitted.

As the Palace of Holyroodhouse is a working royal palace, security and opening arrangements may be subject to change at short notice. Check closure details

Photography, filming and mobile phones

Photography and filming including the use of wearable devices for personal, non-commercial purposes are not permitted inside the Palace.

Photography and filming for non-commercial purposes are encouraged within the grounds of Holyroodhouse. We love seeing your photos on Twitter and Instagram – tag us with your best shots!

Applications for commercial filming should be submitted through this application form.

In consideration of other visitors, mobile phones must be switched off inside the Palace.

Audio Guides

To make the most of your visit, pick up one of the free audio tours, available in:

  • English
  • French
  • German
  • Spanish
  • Italian
  • Japanese
  • Russian
  • Chinese
  • 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 Queen. Hear about the Palace’s former residents, including Mary, Queen of Scots and Bonnie Prince Charlie. 

Printed guide

A printed version of the audio tour transcript is also available in Gaelic, Plain English and the above languages.

Family audio tour

Our family audio tour will guide your children (aimed at age 7-11) around the Palace. Search for hidden unicorns and lions and find out more about the Palace's famous royal inhabitants, past and present. Available in English. 

Tour for blind and partially sighted visitors

An audio descriptive tour in English is available 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.


Eating and drinking are not permitted inside the Palace of Holyroodhouse. You will be asked to place drinks and food in closed bags before being admitted. Refreshments are available at the Café at the Palace in the Mews Courtyard.

Visiting with children

Toilets and baby-care facilities are available in the Mews Courtyard at the entrance to the Palace.

For safety reasons, pushchairs cannot be taken into the Palace. They need to be checked in at the entrance and collected at the end of your visit.

Baby carriers and hip seats can be borrowed free of charge, subject to availability.

Breastfeeding is welcome anywhere within the Palace of Holyroodhouse and The Queen's Gallery.

Find out more tips to enjoy your visit with your children in our Children and Families section.


Toilets and baby-care facilities are located in the Mews Courtyard.

1-Year Pass

At the end of your visit, don’t forget to ask a Warden to stamp your ticket to convert it into a 1-Year Pass. You can enjoy free re-admission for a year by asking us to treat your ticket purchase as a donation. Terms and conditions apply.