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Palace of Holyroodhouse

The Queen's official residence in Edinburgh and the home of Scottish royal history.

Open throughout the year, the Palace of Holyroodhouse stands at the end of Edinburgh's Royal Mile.

Explore the Palace's close associations with some of Scotland’s most well-known historic figures such as Mary, Queen of Scots and Bonnie Prince Charlie, and learn how today it is used by The Queen when carrying out official engagements in Scotland.

To ensure your safety we have introduced advance booking and reduced the number of people we can welcome at any one time.


  Palace of Holyroodhouse

Combined Ticket*

Adult £16.50 £21.90
Over 60  £14.90 £19.70
Student £14.90 £19.20
Under 17 / Disabled £9.50 £12.00
Under 5 Free Free
Family (2 adults and 3 under 17s) £42.50 £55.80
Groups (15 people or more) View group prices View group prices
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Your ticket includes a multimedia tour.

* Combined ticket including admission to the Palace of Holyroodhouse and our current exhibition at The Queen's Gallery.

Enjoy free re-admission for a year by asking us to treat your ticket purchase as a donation.
At the end of your visit, ask a Warden to stamp your ticket to convert it into a 1- Year Pass.
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Opening times

The Palace of Holyroodhouse is closed on Tuesdays and Wednesdays.

  Opening time Last admission Closing time
1 November - 31 March 09:30 15:15 16:30
1 April - 31 October 09:30 16:30 18:00


Palace closures

As the Palace of Holyroodhouse is a working royal palace, sometimes closures can happen at short notice.

The Palace will be completely closed on:

  • 25-26 December 2020


Practical information

  • The safety and wellbeing of our visitors and staff are our priority. In order to ensure a safe and enjoyable visit, we have closed two tiny rooms in the Historic Apartments, where social distancing cannot be easily maintained, and the Family Room and Activity Bags are temporarily unavailable. We hope to reopen these spaces and services soon and when it is safe to do so. For more information about safety measures during COVID-19, and the changes to your visit, see our Welcome Back page and Practical Information page.
  • You can visit the Palace of Holyroodhouse at your leisure using the complimentary multimedia guide, which lasts approximately 1 hour. We recommend you bring your own headphones to use with the multimedia guide (standard audio jack).
  • You and your belongings may be subject to security checks.
  • Photography is permitted inside the Palace. Read about photography, filming & mobile phones.
  • Your ticket includes a multimedia guide available in English, Gaelic, French, German, Spanish, Italian, Japanese, Brazilian Portuguese, Russian, Mandarin and British Sign Language. We also have a multimedia guide for families.
  • Eating and drinking is not permitted inside the Palace, however refreshments are available at the Café at the Palace
  • Toilets and baby-care facilities are located in the Mews. We encourage you to use these facilities before starting your visit. Capacities are being managed with an enhanced cleaning regime in operation.
  • Pushchairs can be taken inside the Palace, except during busy periods. If you are asked to leave your pushchair, a dedicated area is available inside the Palace entrance. Baby carriers and hip seats are available on request, and will be sanitised between uses. All other personal belongings cannot be left and must be carried for the duration of your visit. Discover more tips for visiting with children.

More practical information

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.

Shopping and eating

Royal Collection Shop

Our online shops offer a wide range of exclusive gifts inspired by the royal palaces and the works of art in the Royal Collection.

Café at the Palace

The Café at the Palace offers simple, home-made dishes from fresh, locally-sourced produce.

Children and Families

Drawing activities and trails

Download educational resources to use during your visit or at home.

Things to do with children

Learn about the Palace and its most famous residents with our interactive multimedia tour.

Top things to look out for

Can you find the two thrones in the Palace?

Palace of Holyroodhouse communication cards

Picture Exchange Communication cards to help explore the Palace of Holyroodhouse

What's on for children and families

About the Palace

The Palace today

The Queen stays at the Palace during Royal Week each year.

Who built the Palace?

According to medieval legend, the Abbey was founded in 1128 by David I of Scotland after seeing a vision of a stag.

Palace Garden

When James IV built the first royal palace in 1503 the gardens were the setting for tournaments, hunting, hawking and archery.


Explore 900 years of history since the founding of Holyrood Abbey in the 12th century.

Palace of Holyroodhouse film

Watch a short film about the Palace.

Visitors over the centuries

The Palace of Holyroodhouse has welcomed visitors for hundreds of years.

Mary, Queen of Scots

Discover the real story of Mary, Queen of Scots and the Palace of Holyroodhouse in our online trail.


Bring the curriculum to life with a visit to the Palace of Holyroodhouse. We offer a range of interactive workshops, tours, learning activities and resources for nursery, primary and secondary pupils. Our schools visit information will help teachers and organisers plan their visit.


Group prices

We offer a groups discount for bookings of 15 people or more.

Group bookings

It is essential to pre-book your group visit. Buy your tickets online or over the telephone.

Coach parking

Free coach parking is available next to the Palace and is accessible via Abbeyhill.


Guiding is permitted in external areas of the Palace precinct.

What's on for groups

Access and mobility

The Palace of Holyroodhouse is largely accessible, with some restrictions in Mary, Queen of Scots' rooms. Concessionary rates are available for you if you have a disability and a companion is admitted free of charge. In line with government policy you should, if you are not exempt, wear a face covering whilst inside the Palace and shop, and whilst ordering takeaway products from the Café.

Accessible toilets are located in the Café at the Palace, which can be visited without a ticket. A Changing Places is available at the Scottish Parliament, across the road. There is limited bench seating and registered assistance dogs are welcome. A number of Wardens are Dementia Friends. Read more information on parking. More information on the changes to your visit due to COVID-19 is available on our Practical Information Download a photo journey (pdf) to help you plan your visit. 

For detailed access information, please select one of the options below. For any other information you can contact the Specialist Sales team on +44 (0)303 123 7324 or via email.

Access events


Eastern Encounters
The Queen's Gallery, Palace of Holyroodhouse

Open Thursday - Monday

Eastern Encounters
The Queen's Gallery, Palace of Holyroodhouse

Open Thursday - Monday

The Palace of Holyroodhouse in Edinburgh
Palace of Holyroodhouse

Open Thursday - Monday