The Palace of Holyroodhouse and The Queen's Gallery

Pupils finding out about Holyroodhouse in the Palace Coach House

The Palace of Holyroodhouse is The Queen’s official residence in Scotland. Spanning 10 centuries of history, from its foundation as an Augustinian monastery to its role as a working Palace today, Holyroodhouse is an ideal focus for a wide range of school studies.  As The Queen's official residence in Scotland, today the State Apartments are used regularly for State ceremonies and offical entertaining.

The Palace is closely linked with Scotland's rich history and has been witness to many important historical events through its association with figures such as Mary, Queen of Scots, Oliver Cromwell, Bonnie Prince Charlie and Queen Victoria.

Set within the Palace Mews, The Queen’s Gallery shows changing exhibitions from the Royal Collection. The intimate space provides a friendly and relaxed setting for pupils of all ages.  From portraiture sessions to landscape drawing in the Palace gardens, creative writing to model making our learning programmes are designed to bring the exhibitions alive for school groups.

Learning Programmes
We offer a varied programme for pupils from pre-school to S6, delivered by enthusiastic and friendly Learning specialists.  Sessions include introductory talks, guided tours, storytelling sessions, poetry workshops and costume and object handling collections.

Sandford Award
Royal Collection Learning at the Palace of Holyroodhouse holds the Sandford Award for Heritage Education, which recognises quality and excellence in education services at heritage and cultural sites in the UK and Ireland.