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The King's Gallery, Palace of Holyroodhouse

Practical Information for visiting The King's Gallery

The Queen’s Gallery has now become The King’s Gallery.

This information will help you plan your visit to The King's Gallery at the Palace of Holyroodhouse. 

Visitor Information

You can visit The King’s Gallery at your leisure using the complimentary multimedia guide which lasts approximately 1 hour.

Security and Luggage

Security screening

On arrival your belongings will be subject to a bag check. Try to bring as little as possible with you as it will help you to get through this process more quickly.

Luggage and restricted items

The Gallery is equipped with a cloakroom where you may store coats and bags free of charge. Backpacks may not be worn inside the exhibition. Handbags and small backpacks are permitted inside, but must be carried by your side and not worn on your back during your visit. Pacemakers, hearing aids and other electrical or electronic equipment needed for health reasons are also permitted. Please approach a member of staff if you have any concerns or require assistance.


Animals, other than guide, hearing or assistance animals, will not be admitted.

Restricted and prohibited items

Neither smoking nor vaping (the use of electronic cigarettes) are permitted anywhere in The King’s Gallery.

The following items may not be brought into The King’s Gallery:

  • Knife with a blade over 7.7cm (3”)
  • Knife with a lockable blade (unless you have a reasonable excuse for having it with you)
  • Butterfly knife
  • Flick knife
  • CS or pepper sprays
  • Pen knives and knives with blades under 7.7cm (3”)
  • Scissors
  • Kirpans (the Sikh article of faith) where the blade exceeds 7.7cm (3”)
  • Alcoholic drinks in sealed containers
  • Paints/aerosols
  • Bicycles, folding bikes, roller-skates or skateboards
  • Drones

As The King’s Gallery is part of a working royal palace, security and opening arrangements may be subject to change at short notice. Check closure details.

Photography, filming & mobile phones

Photography for personal, non-commercial purposes is permitted inside the Gallery.

Applications for commercial filming should be submitted through this application form

Out of consideration to other visitors, we ask that you go out of the exhibition space into the foyer if you need to make or answer a phone call.

Multimedia Guides

Enhance your experience at the Gallery with our free multimedia guide, available in English, including commentary from our experts and special insights into the exhibition. You are welcome to use your own standard wired headphones if you prefer.

Written versions of the multimedia guide are available in Plain English.

Exhibition catalogue

If you’d rather not use one of our free multimedia guides or are looking for a book to accompany your visit and take home to enjoy, please consider purchasing the accompanying exhibition catalogue which is sold online as a part of your ticket purchase to pick up on the day of your visit. The catalogue is also available from admissions areas and shops on arrival, or from our online shop. Every purchase helps support the charitable aims of Royal Collection Trust.


Eating and drinking are not permitted inside The King’s Gallery. You will be asked to place drinks and food in closed bags before being admitted.

Food and drink is available at the Café at the Palace.

There is a water fountain and a tap for refilling water bottles in the Mews Courtyard (near the Café at the Palace).

Visiting with children

Toilets are located in the Gallery. Baby-care facilities are available in the Café at the Palace.

Pushchairs can be taken inside the Gallery, except during busy periods. If you are required to leave your pushchair, a dedicated drop-off area is available. Baby carriers and hip seats are available on request. All other personal belongings cannot be left and must be carried for the duration of your visit.

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


Toilets are located in the Gallery. Baby-care facilities are available in the Café at the Palace. 

1-Year Pass

Enjoy free re-admission for a year by converting your ticket to a 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. 

Find out how to book using an existing 1-Year Pass.


The King's Gallery is fully accessible. Concessionary rates are available if you have a disability and a companion is admitted free of charge.

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.