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 during the Easter holidays with our ART SPY Family Activity Bags, available every day.  Join in a big bag of fun activities as you put on your Art Spy disguise and go on a secret mission to find out about the secrets of Tudor and Stuart fashion. 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:


A ruff was a lace collar that was worn around the neck of wealthy people. How many can you spot in the paintings?

Clues and Symbols

There are lots of clues and symbols in the paintings to tell us more about the person. What do you notice?


Find out why boys didn't always wear trousers and what they wore instead. 

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

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Telephone 0131 556 5100