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Tickets for The Palace of Holyroodhouse

Visit The Queen's official residence in Scotland

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Opening hours
April - October: 09:30 - 18:00 (last admission 16:30), November - March: 09:30 - 16:30 (last admission 15:15)
Typically 60 - 90 minutes
  • Visit the State Apartments, Mary Queen of Scots' historic chambers and the 12th-century ruins of Holyrood Abbey
  • 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 audio guide for a special insight at life in this Edinburgh attraction

The Palace of Holyroodhouse has origins as far back as 1128, when it was an Augustinian abbey. These days it's home to Her Majesty The Queen who, with The Duke of Edinburgh, welcomes around 8,000 specially invited guests from the end of June to early July, during 'Royal Week'.

Tour the Palace and see the State Apartments with a complimentary audio guide, where you'll learn about the Palace's former residents, such as Bonnie Prince Charlie, before exploring Mary Queen of Scots' storied chambers!

Then walk amongst the fascinating ruins of the 12th-century Abbey Church and gardens, and finish your visit at the Café at the Palace, where you can enjoy light refreshments and afternoon tea.

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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 audio guide, available in multiple languages
  • Admission to the Queen's Gallery

Cancellations are not possible for this ticket.

Palace of Holyroodhouse
Canongate, The Royal Mile, EH8 8DX, Edinburgh
Key info
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
Audio guide
English, French, German, Spanish, Italian, Brazilian Portuguese, Russian, Mandarin, and Japanese
Additional info

Getting There

  • Train to Waverley Station + a 15-minute walk
  • Bus: Line 6 to Scottish Parliament, line 35 to Whitefoord House or Abbeyhill Crescent
Apr 12, 2018
Excellent and very informative
Apr 12, 2018
Special blinds are used to reduce the effect of light on the treasures on view, let your eyes adjust to the dimmed light. A sense of grandeur and history in the making. I thoroughly enjoyed it, wished I had had more time.
Apr 11, 2018
Excellent audio tour
Apr 5, 2018
Process of getting tickets was so easy and the staff was so friendly and helpful. Loved the castle. It was laid out perfectly and the headset was extremely helpful and included in the entrance fee. Perfect amount of time and be you could go on your own pace. A must see in Edinburgh
Mar 31, 2018
Perfect to skip queue
Feb 23, 2018
The Palace was really nice, audio guide was helpful. Disappointed that the gardens was closed.
Jan 5, 2018
Beautifully maintained and friendly, helpful staff. A must when in Edinburgh!
Jan 4, 2018
Loved Holyrood Palace. Would highly recommend to all
Jan 4, 2018
Fantastic! Loved the history and the access you get to the palace, really fascinating and satisfies a curious traveler
Jan 3, 2018
Really good, brilliant!

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