The Palace is open Thursday to Monday only.
1 November - 31 March: 9:30am to 4:30pm (last entry 3:15pm)
1 April - 31st October: 9:30am to 6:00pm (last entry 4:30pm)
Palace closing early:
24 December 2021 (last admission 13:45, closes 15:00)
31 December 2021 (last admission 14:45, closes 16:00)
Palace opening late:
1 January (opens 11:00, last admission 15:15, closes 16:30)
The Palace of Holyroodhouse will be closed to visitors on:
25th and 26th of December
19th to 28th May 2022
The Queen’s Gallery is closed on Tuesdays and Wednesdays.
1 November - 31 March:9.30am to 4.30pm (last entry 3.30pm)
1 April - 31 October:9.30am to 6pm (last entry 5pm)
Palace of Holyroodhouse
A visit to the Palace of Holyroodhouse includes the remains of 12th-century Holyrood Abbey, the Palace gardens, the State Apartments of the Palace itself, and stories of its most famous residents from the past and present. A reflection of the changing tastes of successive monarchs, the State Apartments are famous for their beautiful plasterwork ceilings and unrivalled collection of French and Flemish tapestries. As you walk through the Palace, you will notice how the rooms become progressively grander as you approach the King's Bedchamber - the grandest room of all, where historically, only the most important guests would have been granted an audience. Perhaps one of the most famous monarchs to live at the Palace of Holyroodhouse, Mary, Queen of Scots' chambers where she lived between 1561-1567 are not to be missed. When you climb the steps up to the north-west tower you enter a world of intrigue, tragedy and murder.
Make sure to also visit the Throne Room which was used for receptions and other State occasions. The centrepiece of the room is the pair of thrones, commissioned by King George V in 1911. His ancestor, George IV visited Scotland in 1822, the first reigning British monarch to do so in almost 200 years.
The Queen's Gallery, Edinburgh
The Queen's Gallery in Edinburgh is located at the entrance to the Palace of Holyroodhouse and was built in the shell of a former church and school dating from the 1840s. The project to create an art gallery that would complement the original 19th-century architecture began in 1999, and The Queen's Gallery was opened by Queen Elizabeth II in November 2002 as part of the Golden Jubilee celebrations. Today the Gallery hosts a programme of changing exhibitions from the Royal Collection.
Masterpieces from Buckingham Palace (until 31st October)
A selection of the finest paintings in the Royal Collection have today gone on display at The Queen’s Gallery, Palace of Holyroodhouse. Masterpieces from Buckingham Palace brings together over 30 spectacular works by artists including Sir Peter Paul Rubens, Claude Lorrain, Artemisia Gentileschi and Sir Anthony van Dyck. Included in the exhibition are four paintings by Rembrandt Van Rijn, the largest group of works by the Dutch artist currently on public display in Scotland.
This exhibition provides an opportunity to view these world-renowned paintings in a modern gallery setting, away from the historic interior of the Picture Gallery at Buckingham Palace, where they can usually be seen as part of the annual Summer Opening of the State Rooms. The more intimate display at The Queen’s Gallery gives audiences the chance to encounter each painting close up and at eye level. Visitors are invited to consider what makes a ‘masterpiece’, from the artists’ use of materials and composition to their evocation of the real world and the expressive quality of their works.