Palace of Holyroodhouse

An inside look at the official Royal Residence in Scotland
The Palace of Holyroodhouse is right in the centre of Edinburgh
Explore the majesty of the State Apartments
Walk through the chambers of Mary, Queen of Scots
Includes entry to featured special exhibitions including A Royal Wedding: The Duke and Duchess of Sussex

Entrance to the Palace of Holyroodhouse
Travel to/from the Palace
Important Information
Venue Information:

Canongate, Edinburgh EH8 8DX
Nearest Train Station: Edinburgh Waverley

Opening Hours:

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

Please note:

On Friday, 29 April Palace of Holyroodhouse will close at 4:00pm, last entry will be 2:30pm
You MUST print the voucher and exchange it at the ticket office for an entry ticket.
Holyrood Abbey and the Palace Gardens are currently closed to visitors until further notice.
As the Palace of Holyroodhouse is a working royal palace, sometimes closures can happen at short notice.
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Situated at the end of the Royal Mile in the centre of Edinburgh, against the breathtaking backdrop of Arthur’s Seat, the Palace of Holyroodhouse is absolutely stunning both inside and out. The official Royal residence in Scotland, Her Majesty the Queen conducts important official business here, as well as hosting lavish engagements and garden parties.
State Apartments

Take a walk through the exquisitely decorated State Apartments, renowned for their beautiful plasterwork ceilings, historical works of arts and incredible collection of magnificent tapestries. Reflecting the changing tastes of the monarchs through the ages, the scope of decor is impressive.

Visit the Throne Room and see where the Knights and Ladies of the Order of the Thistle attend the special luncheon. Enter the Great Gallery, the largest room in the palace, filled with Jacob de Wet’s portraits of legendary Kings of Scotland.

Mary, Queen of Scots’ Chambers
These historic apartments were once home to the legendary Mary, Queen of Scots and the location for many dramatic events including the murder of her Italian secretary. During her short and turbulent reign, Mary resided at Holyroodhouse; visit the Bedchamber, the Outer Chamber and her oratory.

Between July and September of 2022, visitors can enjoy a display of outfits worn by Her Majesty on occasions to celebrate the Silver, Golden and Diamond Jubilees. A highlight will be the pink dress, coat and stole designed by the royal couturier Sir Hardy Amies in 1977 for Her Majesty’s Silver Jubilee, alongside the matching hat designed by Simone Mirman with flowerheads hanging from silk stems. The ensemble was worn by Her Majesty at the Service of Thanksgiving at St Paul’s Cathedral on 7 June 1977 to mark the 25th anniversary of her Accession.

Please note Holyrood Abbey and the Palace Gardens are currently closed to visitors until further notice.

Palace of Holyroodhouse
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