Visiting with children: The Queen's Gallery, Palace of Holyroodhouse

Children can explore some of the highlights in the Royal Collection during a visit to The Queen’s Gallery. Our current exhibition Castiglione: Lost Genius tells the story of an infamouse Italian artist - described as both a rogus and a genius. Here are some ideas to help you plan your visit. 

Things to do during your visit

Art Spy Family Activity Bag

Explore The Queen’s Gallery with our ART SPY Family Activity Bags, available every day.  Join in a big bag of fun activities as you go on a secret mission to find out about Giovanni Benedetto Castiglione. He was an artist around 350 years ago who was famous for creating beautiful prints and drawings. The bag is full of activities for all the family. All activities are free with standard admission price. No booking required.

For full details of events and dates visit

1 YEAR PASS! Enjoy free re-admission for a year if you buy your tickets directly from us. Simply ask us to stamp your ticket on your first visit – a great way to fill the school holidays at no extra cost

Things to look out for:


There are lots of animals in Castiglione's art work. What will you spot?

Castiglione's self portrait

A self portrait is a drawing, painting, sculpture or even a photograph of the artist. Can you create your own self portrait? Pick up a family activity bag to find out how.

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.
  • The Palace Shop has a number of items priced between £2 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

To keep up to date with our programme of family activities, please join our family mailing list.
Telephone 0131 556 5100

From the shop

The latest addition to our Corgi Collection, these plush slippers, featuring gold-coloured medallions stamped with 'Buckingham Palace' tied with red ribbon, are inspired by the animal most famously associated with The Queen.