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

The Queen’s Gallery offers a great day out for children.  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 the Poet Laureate. Learn how to create your own poem, take part in a family fun quiz and much more. 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:


Find out why all Poet Laureates receive a barrel of sherry. Use the family activity bag to design and create your own drink and bottle.

Rhyming Couplets 

Create your very own minature rhyming poems.

The works of Carol Ann Duffy

Find out about the current Poet Laureate, Carol Ann Duffy. Her poems have been turned into works of art for the exhibition. 

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