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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. Celebrate the Platinum Jubilee with us this year.

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.

Please see our COVID-19 information page for more details on our safety procedures in place. 

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Prices

 

  September - June July - August
Adult £17.50 £18.50
Young Person (18-24) £11.50 £12.00
Child (5-17) £10.00 £10.50
Disabled £10.00 £10.50
Under 5 Free Free
Groups (15 people or more)   View group prices

 

Book tickets

Family Offer

Families visiting the Palace of Holyroodhouse can save up to £15.00 when booking with us direct.

The family discount is automatically applied at checkout to bookings of at least 1 adult and 2 children, up to 2 Adults and 4 children.

Your ticket includes a multimedia tour.

 

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.
Find out more.

 

 

 

Opening times

The Palace of Holyroodhouse is closed on Tuesdays and Wednesdays except for July and August, when it is open 7 days a week. 

  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

Holyrood Abbey is currently closed to visitors until further notice.

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

  • Any last minute closure dates will be updated here.

Practical information

Please see our COVID-19 information page for more details on our safety procedures in place.

  • Holyrood Abbey is currently closed to visitors until further notice.
  • You can visit the Palace of Holyroodhouse at your leisure using the complimentary multimedia guide, which lasts approximately 1 hour and is available in English, Brazilian Portuguese, French, Gaelic, German, Italian, Japanese, Mandarin Chinese, Russian and Spanish. The English-lanugage guides feature versions tailored for families (children) and D/deaf and hard of hearing visitors.
  • You and your belongings may be subject to security checks.
  • Toilets and baby-care facilities are located in the Mews. We encourage you to use these facilities before starting your visit. 
  • Photography is permitted inside the Palace but filming is not. Read about photography, filming & mobile phones.
  • There is a café on the premises serving food and drinks, however eating and drinking are not permitted inside the Palace.
  • Pushchairs can be taken inside the Palace except during busy periods. Baby carriers and hip seats are available on request. Read more detailed information about 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 number 35 stops 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.

What's on

Until 25 September

Platinum Jubilee Display

Included in your ticket to the Palace, see a display featuring outfits worn by The Queen to celebrate the Silver, Golden, Diamond and Platinum Jubilees.

Throughout August

Summer Exclusive Evening Tours

In the company of an expert guide go 'behind the ropes' with a private tour of the Palace.

Shopping and eating

Palace Shop

Visit our shop which offers 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

To support children and young people on the autism spectrum to enjoy the Palace.

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.

Timeline

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.

Schools

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.

Groups

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

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 if you have a disability and a companion is admitted free of charge.

Accessible toilets are located in the Café at the Palace, which can be visited without a ticket. There is limited bench seating around the Palace.

Registered assistance dogs are welcome.

The multimedia guide is available in British Sign Language (BSL) and with subtitles, and an audio-descriptive guide is available for blind or partially-sighted visitors.

A number of Wardens are Dementia Friends, please ask staff for any assistance.

The Palace tour is indoors with some small rooms, and includes access to outdoor areas including the Palace garden. You may wish to download a photo journey (PDF) to help you plan your visit.

Accessible parking spaces are located on Horse Wynd, just outside the Palace, on a first-come, first-served basis.

General information on visiting is available on our Practical Information page.

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 by emailing [email protected].

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