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The Queen's Gallery, Palace of Holyroodhouse

Eastern Encounters

See changing exhibitions from the Royal Collection, featuring old master paintings, rare furniture, decorative arts and images from the vast photograph collection.

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

Prices

 

  The Queen's Gallery

Combined Ticket*

Adult £7.80 £21.90
Over 60  £7.00 £19.70
Student £6.40 £19.20
Under 17 / Disabled £3.90 £12.00
Under 5 Free Free
Family (2 adults and 3 under 17s) £19.50 £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.
Find out more.

 

 

 

Opening times

The Queen's Gallery is closed on Tuesdays and Wednesdays.

  Opening time Last admission Closing time
1 November - 31 March 09:30 15:30 16:30
1 April - 31 October 09:30 17:00 18:00

 

Closures

The Gallery will have different opening hours on:

  • 24 December - Gallery closes at 15:30, last admission 14:30
  • 31 December - Gallery closes at 16:00, last admission 15:00
  • 1 January - Gallery opens at 11:00
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The Gallery will be completely closed on:​​

  • 25 - 26 December 2020
  • 1 February - 4 March 2021

Practical information

  • The safety and wellbeing of our visitors and staff are our priority. To allow everyone to enjoy their visit while maintaining social distancing we are operating with reduced visitor capacity. For more information about safety measures during COVID-19, and the changes to your visit, see our Practical Information page.
  • You can visit The Queen's Gallery at your leisure using the complimentary multimedia guide, which lasts approximately 1 hour.
  • Visitors and their belongings may be subject to security checks. Read more about security & luggage.
  • You can take photographs in the Gallery. Read about photography, filming & mobile phones.
  • Eating and drinking aren't allowed inside the Gallery, however refreshments are available at the Café at the Palace.
  • Toilets and baby-care facilities are located in the Café at 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. Read more about visiting with children.

More practical information 

Map & directions

The Queen's Gallery, 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 Queen's Gallery is a 15 minute walk from the station.

By tram

The nearest tram stop is York Place. The Queen’s Gallery 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 Gallery.  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.

Current exhibition

Exhibition

Until 31 January 2021

The Royal Collection contains some of the finest South Asian paintings and manuscripts in the world. Tracing more than 400 years of literary and artistic output, the exhibition offers new insights into the shared history of the British Monarchy and the Indian Subcontinent.

Shopping and eating

The Gallery shop

Our shop 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.

Future Exhibition

From 5 March 2021 - 5 September 2021

Victoria and Albert: Our Lives in Watercolour

Throughout their marriage, Queen Victoria and Prince Albert were enthusiastic patrons of the art of watercolour painting. This exhibition documents their lives, private and official, together.

Learn more

Schools

Bring the curriculum to life with a visit to The Queen's Gallery, Palace of Holyroodhouse. We offer a range of interactive workshops, tours, learning activities and resources for nursery, primary and secondary pupils. Our school 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 of Holyroodhouse and is accessible via Abbeyhill.

Guiding

Visitors can enjoy a free multimedia tour. Guiding isn't allowed in The Queen's Gallery.

What's on for groups

Access and mobility

The Queen's Gallery is fully accessible. 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 Gallery, shop and whilst ordering takeaway products from the Café.

Accessible toilets are available and 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. More information on the changes to your visit due to COVID-19 can be found on our Practical Information page. 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

Book tickets

Booking for 15 people or more?
Eastern Encounters: Four Centuries of Paintings and Manuscripts from the Indian Subcontinent

Eastern Encounters

12 Oct 2020 - 31 Jan 2021

Book a ticket to see some of the finest South Asian paintings and manuscripts in the world, tracing more than 400 years of lrich cultural heritage through exquisite illuminated manuscripts, dazzling depictions of the Mughal court, royal portraits, Hindu epics and modern works.

Adult
£7.80
Disabled
£3.90
Over 60
£7.00
Student
£6.40
Under 17
£3.90
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value
Eastern Encounters & Palace of Holyroodhouse

Combined ticket: Eastern Encounters & Palace of Holyroodhouse 2020

12 Oct 2020 - 31 Dec 2020

For a great day out, book a combined ticket to the Palace of Holyroodhouse and The Queen's Gallery, Edinburgh.

You will explore the home of Scottish royal history and discover some of the finest South Asian paintings and manuscripts in the world.

Adult
£21.90
Under 17
£12.00
Disabled
£12.00
Over 60
£19.70
Student
£19.20
Select this ticket
Best
value
Eastern Encounters & Palace of Holyroodhouse

Combined ticket: Eastern Encounters & Palace of Holyroodhouse 2021

01 Jan 2021 - 31 Jan 2021

For a great day out, book a combined ticket to the Palace of Holyroodhouse and The Queen's Gallery, Edinburgh.

You will explore the home of Scottish royal history and discover some of the finest South Asian paintings and manuscripts in the world.

Adult
£21.90
Under 17
£12.00
Disabled
£12.00
Over 60
£19.70
Student
£19.20
Select this ticket
Victoria and Albert: Our Lives in Watercolour

Victoria and Albert: Our Lives in Watercolour

05 Mar 2021 - 05 Sep 2021

Discover Queen Victoria and Prince Albert's personal collection of watercolours, illustrating scenes of their public and private lives, including views of Victorian Edinburgh.

Adult
£7.80
Disabled
£3.90
Over 60
£7.00
Student
£6.40
Under 17
£3.90
Select this ticket
Best
value
Palace of Holyroodhouse and Victoria and Albert: Our Lives in Watercolour

Combined ticket: Victoria and Albert & Palace of Holyroodhouse

05 Mar 2021 - 05 Sep 2021

For a great day out, book a combined ticket to the Palace of Holyroodhouse and The Queen's Gallery, Edinburgh.

You will explore the home of Scottish royal history and discover Queen Victoria and Prince Albert's personal collection of watercolours, including scenes of Victorian Edinburgh.

Adult
£21.90
Under 17
£12.00
Disabled
£12.00
Over 60
£19.70
Student
£19.20
Select this ticket

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