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Palace of Holyroodhouse

The Queen's official residence in Edinburgh and the home of Scottish royal history.

Open throughout the year, the Palace of Holyroodhouse stands at the end of the city's Royal Mile.

Explore the palace's close associations with some of Scotland’s most well-known historic figures such as Mary, Queen of Scots and Bonnie Prince Charlie, and learn how today it is used by The Queen when carrying out official engagements in Scotland.


  Palace of Holyroodhouse Combined visit to the Palace & The Queen's Gallery
Adult £14.00 £17.50
Over 60/Student (with valid ID) £12.70 £16.00
Under 17/Disabled £8.10 £10.00
Under 5 Free Free
Family (2 adults and 3 under 17s) £36.10 £45.00
Groups (15 people or more) View group prices View group prices
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Your ticket includes an audio tour.

Enjoy free re-admission for a year if you buy your ticket directly from us.
Find out more.

At the end of your visit, don’t forget to ask a Warden to stamp your ticket to convert it into a 1- Year Pass.

Opening times

  Opening time Last admission Closing time
1 November - 29 March 09:30 15:15 16:30
31 March - 31 October 09:30 16:30 18:00


Palace closures

As the Palace of Holyroodhouse is a working royal palace, sometimes closures can happen at short notice.

Mary, Queen of Scots' Chambers are closed from 26 February to 23 March while the displays are refreshed. A reduced ticket price applies on these dates.

The Palace will be completely closed on:

  • 30 March 2018
  • 15 May - 26 May 2018
  • 26 June - 8 July 2018
  • 25 – 26 December 2018

The Palace will have different opening times on:

  • 13 February 2018 (Last admission 10:45, Palace closes at 12:00)

Practical information

  • You can visit the Palace of Holyroodhouse at your leisure using the complimentary audio tour, which lasts approximately 1 hour.
  • You and your belongings may be subject to security checks.
  • Photography is not permitted inside the Palace. Read about photography, filming & mobile phones.
  • Your ticket includes an audio guide available in English, French, German, Spanish, Italian, Japanese, Brazilian Portuguese, Russian and Mandarin. We also have a guide for families and an audio descriptive tour for blind or partially-sighted visitors.
  • Eating and drinking aren't allowed inside the Palace, but refreshments are available in the Café at the Palace.
  • Toilets and baby-care facilities are located in the Mews Courtyard.
  • For safety reasons, pushchairs cannot be taken into the Palace. They need to be checked in at the entrance and collected at the end of your visit. Discover more tips for visiting with children.

More practical information

Map & directions

Palace of Holyroodhouse, Canongate, The Royal Mile, Edinburgh, EH8 8DX
By car

There is a public car park adjacent to the Palace.

By train

Edinburgh Waverley. The Palace is a 15-minute walk from the station.  Visit National Rail Enquiries for times and fares.

By coach / bus

Bus numbers 6 and Skylink 300 stop near the Palace.  Open-top tour buses stop nearby.

Coach parking is provided free of charge.

What's on

Combined visit to the Palace of Holyroodhouse and The Queen's Gallery

Make the most of your day out with a combined visit to The Queen's Gallery, Edinburgh.

See the latest exhibitions from the Royal Collection, featuring old master paintings, rare furniture, decorative arts and images from the vast photograph collection.

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Shopping and eating

The Palace shop

Our shop offers a wide range of exclusive gifts inspired by the royal palaces and the works of art in the Royal Collection.

You'll find homeware, china, clothing and jewellery, children’s toys, books and postcards. Please ask us about our home-delivery service. The income from every purchase you make contributes directly to the care of the Royal Collection.

Shop online

Café at the Palace

The Café at the Palace offers simple, home-made dishes from fresh, locally-sourced produce.

If you're looking for something special we also offer Afternoon Tea.

Book a table

Children and Families

Things to do with children

Learn about the Palace and its most famous residents with our interactive audio tour.

Relax in the Family Room

Try on some costumes or have a go at our games and craft activities.

Top things to look out for

Can you find the two thrones in the Palace?

Drawing activities and trails

Download educational resources to use during your visit or at home.

What's on for children and families


Group prices

We offer a groups discount for bookings of 15 people or more.

Group bookings

Group visits to the Palace of Holyroodhouse don't have to be pre-booked.

Coach parking

Free coach parking is available next to the Palace and is accessible via Abbeyhill.


Scottish Blue Badge Guides are allowed to guide in specific areas of the Palace

What's on for groups


Bring the curriculum to life with a visit to the Palace of Holyroodhouse. We offer a range of interactive workshops, tours, learning activities and resources for nursery, primary and secondary pupils. Our schools visit information will help teachers and organisers plan their visit.

Access and mobility

The Palace of Holyroodhouse is largely accessible, with some restrictions. Concessionary rates are available for you if you have a disability and an accompanying companion is admitted free of charge.

For detailed access information, please select one of the options below. For any other information, you can contact the Specialist Sales team on +44 (0)303 123 7324 or [email protected]

Access events

About the Palace

The Palace today

The Queen stays at the Palace during Royal Week each year.

Who built the Palace?

According to medieval legend, the Abbey was founded in 1128 by David I of Scotland after seeing a vision of a stag.

Palace Garden

When James IV built the first royal palace in 1503 the gardens were the setting for tournaments, hunting, hawking and archery.


Explore 900 years of history since the founding of Holyrood Abbey in the 12th century.

Future Programme

Read about plans to improve the visitor experience at the Palace.