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Tickets for The Palace of Holyroodhouse

Visit The King's official residence in Scotland

The Queen's Gallery, Holyroodhouse
Closed today
Open tomorrow: 09:30 - 16:30
Royal Collection Trust
Registered address: Buckingham Palace, SW1A 1AA, London, GB
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Last admission: 1 hour and 30 minutes before closing
Duration: Typically 60 - 90 minutes
Audio guide: English, French, German, Italian, Japanese, Mandarin, Portuguese, Russian, Spanish
Wheelchair accessible A lift (108x107cm) is available. Mobility scooters are allowed. Manual wheelchairs and rollators can be borrowed free of charge on a first come, first served basis
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What's included

Admission to the Palace, the State Apartments, and Mary, Queen of Scots' historic chambers
Admission to the ruins of Holyrood Abbey
Free multimedia guide, available in multiple languages
Access to the Palace's public garden

What's not included

Admission to the King's Gallery

Important information

* No eating, drinking, or smoking inside the museum * Kids under 5 get in free, please bring a valid proof of age

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Containing over 90 illustrations, this official souvenir guide chronicles the history of this famous building – from its humble beginnings as a 12th-century Augustinian abbey to the striking baroque palace envisioned by Charles II.

  • Visit the State Apartments, Mary Queen of Scots' historic chambers and the 12th-century ruins of Holyrood Abbey, with Palace of Holyroodhouse tickets
  • Hear about the role the Palace plays in Royal Scottish history and its former residents, including Mary, Queen of Scots and Bonnie Prince Charlie
  • Explore with a free multimedia guide for a special insight at life in this Edinburgh attraction

Standing at the end of Edinburgh's Royal Mile, the Palace of Holyroodhouse is the official home of His Majesty The King in Scotland, and is used by The King and members of the Royal Family for State ceremonies and official entertaining.

The Palace has been a royal residence for over 500 years and is closely associated with Scotland's rich history. A visit to the Palace includes the Historic Apartments of Mary, Queen of Scots, which were the setting for many dramatic episodes in her short and turbulent reign, including the brutal murder of her Italian secretary, David Rizzio, by her husband, Lord Darnley. Her Bedchamber has been described as 'the most famous room in Scotland'.

In the Palace's State Apartments, visitors can see the magnificent Great Gallery, where Bonnie Prince Charlie held lavish balls when he set up his Jacobite Court at the Palace in September 1745. The State Apartments today reflect the changing tastes of successive monarchs, and are renowned for their fine plasterwork ceilings and unrivalled collection of Brussels tapestries. They are furnished with numerous works of art from the Royal Collection, many of which have long associations with Holyroodhouse and Scotland.

A visit to the Palace includes the opportunity to explore unique gardens, which are set against the spectacular backdrop of Arthur's Seat. A newly created physic garden situated on the Abbey Strand contains a colourful array of medicinal and culinary plants inspired by some of the earliest recorded gardens on the site. At the Café at the Palace, visitors can enjoy home-made dishes made from locally sourced produce, from light refreshments and lunch to afternoon tea.

  • Please note that your smartphone voucher must be exchanged for paper tickets upon arrival
  • In order to speed this process up and reduce queuing times, please carry as few bags and items with you as possible
The Queen's Gallery, Holyroodhouse
Wednesday Closed
Thursday 09:30 - 16:30
Friday 09:30 - 16:30
Saturday 09:30 - 16:30
Sunday Closed
Monday 09:30 - 16:30
Tuesday Closed
Palace of Holyroodhouse
Canongate, EH8 8DX, Edinburgh
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  • Rescheduling is not possible for this ticket.

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Susan,  United States United States
09 Oct 2023
Both the grounds and castle are beautiful. We were very glad we took the time to go through it. Last visit the castle was closed to the public so we were very happy we got the opportunity to...
Both the grounds and castle are beautiful. We were very glad we took the time to go through it. Last visit the castle was closed to the public so we were very happy we got the opportunity to finally see it in all its glory.
Palace of Holyroodhouse
Andrew,  United Kingdom United Kingdom
08 Sep 2023
Excellent tour with very good audio guide. The structure of the visit and steps to each of the areas of interest are very well presented All in all a great experience.
Palace of Holyroodhouse
Elsa,  France France
27 Oct 2023
Very Nice and interesting experience. We really appreciated that visit very well detailed Thanks for that wonderful experience
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