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The Queen's Gallery, Palace of Holyroodhouse

Charles II exhibition ©

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


  The Queen's Gallery Combined visit to The Gallery & the Palace
Adult £7.20 £19.10
Over 60 £6.60 £17.90
Student £6.40 £17.90
Under 17 / Disabled £3.60 £10.80
Under 5 Free Free
Family (2 adults and 3 under 17s) £18.00 £49.00
Groups (15 people or more) View group prices View group prices
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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.
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Opening times

  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



The Gallery will be completely closed on:

  • 22 October – 22 November 2018
  • 25 – 26 December 2018
  • 19 April 2019

The Gallery will have different opening times on:

  • 24 December 2018 - last admission 14:30. Gallery closes at 15:30.
  • 31 December 2018 - last admission 15:00. Gallery closes at 16:00. 
  • 1 January 2019 - Gallery opens at 11:00

Practical information

  • 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, but refreshments are available from the Café at the Palace in the Courtyard.
  • Toilets and baby-care facilities are located in the Mews Courtyard.
  • 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 Gallery at Broad Pavement. Please visit the Historic Environment Scotland website for more details.

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.

Coach parking is provided free of charge.

Current exhibition

Current exhibition

23 November 2018 - 2 June 2019

After over a decade of austere Cromwellian rule, the restoration of the monarchy in 1660 led to a resurgence of the arts in England.  The court of Charles II became the centre for the patronage of leading artists and the collecting of great works of art. Old master paintings and spectacular silver-gilt furniture show the rich material world of Charles II's court and the role of the arts in the re-establishment of the Stuart monarchy.

Exhibition highlights

Antonio Verrio (c. 1639-1707)

The Sea Triumph of Charles II

Leonardo da Vinci (Vinci 1452-Amboise 1519)

The muscles of the back and arm

What's on

Combined visit to The Queen's Gallery and the Palace of Holyroodhouse

Make the most of your day out with a combined visit to the Palace and the Gallery.

Visit The Queen's official residence in Scotland and discover the palace's close associations with historic figures such as Mary, Queen of Scots and Bonnie Prince Charlie.

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Future exhibition

Future exhibition

Russia, Royalty & the Romanovs

21 June - 3 November 2019

The exhibition tells the story of the familial, political, diplomatic and artistic associations between Britain and Russia and their royal families from the late 17th century through to Russia’s last emperor Nicholas II and beyond.

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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.

You'll find homeware, china, clothing and jewellery, children’s toys, books and postcards. Please ask us about our home-delivery service. The income from every purchase you make contributes directly to the care of the Royal Collection.

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Café at the Palace

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

If you're looking for something special we also offer Afternoon Tea.

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Children and families

Art spy family bags

Things to do with children

Explore the exhibition with an Art Spy Family Activity Bag, packed with fun activities that take you on a secret mission to find out about the exhibition.

The bag is designed for families with children aged 5 to 11 but is full of challenges that all the family will enjoy. You can pick up a Family Activity Bag at the exhibition entrance, they're free with standard admission to The Queen's Gallery.

What's on for children and families


Group prices

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

Group bookings

Group visits to The Queen's Gallery don't have to be pre-booked. Tickets can be bought on the day from the Ticket Desk.

Coach parking

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


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

What's on for groups


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.

Access and mobility

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

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.

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About the Gallery

2019 exhibitions at The Queen’s Gallery, Edinburgh ©