The Palace of Holyroodhouse offers a great day out for children. Here are some ideas to help you plan your visit.
Take the free family audio tour
Learn more about the Palace and its most famous residents with our interactive audio tour designed for families to enjoy together. Look out for unusual furniture, sparkling jewels and more.
Relax and have fun in the Family Room
The Family Room is a dedicated space for families. There is a selection of stories, costumes, games and creative activities to choose from.
Visit the Palace Gardens
The Palace Gardens are a hidden secret in Edinburgh’s busy city centre. Use our family trail to explore woodland paths and giant lawns. Look out for local wildlife and find out why a lion used to live here.
Explore Holyrood Abbey
Holyrood Abbey is nearly 900 years old. Explore this majestic building and find out about the monks who used to live there, the famous events that have taken place within its walls and how it got its name. Tours run at regular intervals throughout the day from April to October.
Join our holiday activities
Please check the What’s On calendar for details.
The Royal Dining Room
What’s on the menu? Count the chairs around the table, and guess where The Queen prefers to sit.
Go on a hunt for two thrones. They are over 100 years old and were made for The Queen’s grandparents, King George V and Queen Mary. Can you spot the differences between them?
The King’s Bed
This amazing four-poster bed was made for Charles II, but he never slept in it. Imagine what it was like to stay in the Palace over 300 years ago.
The Great Gallery
This is the biggest room in the Palace – you could fit three double-decker buses in it. Bonnie Prince Charlie held a famous party here. Discover the secret of the 96 portraits on the walls.
For activities and colouring sheets to enjoy at home see the top right-hand corner of this page.
To keep up to date with our programme of family activities, please join our family mailing list.
Telephone 0131 556 5100