Visiting with children: Palace of Holyroodhouse

The Palace of Holyroodhouse offers a great day out for children.  Here are some ideas to help you plan your visit.

Things to do during 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 top five things to look out for

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.

Practical information

  • Lavatories and baby-care facilities are available in the Mews Courtyard.
  • Café at the Palace offers refreshments throughout the day, from drinks and light snacks to a changing menu of freshly prepared lunch dishes.
  • For safety reasons, pushchairs cannot be taken into the Palace. They can be left at the entrance and reclaimed at the exit.
  • The Palace Shop has a number of items priced between £1 and £5. There is a wide range of interesting gifts for children.
  • At the end of your visit, don’t forget to ask a Warden to stamp your ticket and convert it into a 1-Year Pass. Then visit us again.


Things to-do at home

For activities and colouring sheets to enjoy at home see the top right-hand corner of this page.

Stay in touch

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Telephone 0131 556 5100