Tickets for The Palace of Holyroodhouse

Visit The Queen's official residence in Scotland

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Overview
Opening hours
Today:  09:30 - 18:00
Monday:  09:30 - 18:00
Tuesday:  09:30 - 18:00
Wednesday:  09:30 - 18:00
Thursday:  09:30 - 18:00
Friday:  09:30 - 18:00
Saturday:  09:30 - 18:00
Duration
Typically 60 - 90 minutes
Highlights
  • 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 multimedia guide for a special insight at life in this Edinburgh attraction
Exhibitions
A Royal Wedding: The Duke and Duchess of Sussex
Now on - Oct 6, 2019

This special exhibition features the wedding outfits worn by the couple at their wedding in May 2018. The Duchess of Sussex's wedding dress was created by the British designer Clare Waight Keller, who's the artistic director at French fashion house Givenchy. The Duke of Sussex's wedding outfit was the frockcoat uniform of the Household Cavalry (the 'Blues and Royals'), made by tailors at Dege & Skinner on Savile Row.

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Description

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 multimedia 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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Ticket features
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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
Admission to the Queen's Gallery
Instructions
  • Please note that your smartphone voucher must be exchanged for paper tickets upon arrival
  • You'll be required to go through an airport-style security check
  • In order to speed this process up and reduce queuing times, please carry as few bags and items with you as possible
Cancellation

Cancellations are not possible for this ticket.

Venue
Address
Palace of Holyroodhouse
Canongate, 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
Self-guiding multimedia devices available in English, French, German, Spanish, Italian, Brazilian Portuguese, Russian, Mandarin, and Japanese
Reviews
Feb 25, 2019
It was a very informative experience. Just a shame the gardens were blocked off and there was scaffolding around but things need taking care of so something that has to go with it sometimes.
Feb 19, 2019
Was great to see how people live in the past.
Nov 10, 2018
Very interesting! Loved all the history!! Highly recommend it!
Oct 27, 2018
Very interesting.
Oct 14, 2018
The palace is beautiful. The tour uses hand held recorders but there are many staff available to answer any questions you might have. My favorite section was the Mary Queen of Scott’s bed chamber & the historic account of her last days in Scotland. The royal gardens are stunning. This tour is well worth the 2 hours we spent on the tour.
Oct 13, 2018
Great place !
Sep 23, 2018
The palace of Holyroodhouse was very interesting. The city of Edinburgh was fantastic. Highly recommend the whole experience
Sep 8, 2018
a very nice visit of a beautiful castle in Edinburg to follow Marie Stuart's fate. our first experience in Scotland. Very easy (except for the parking: arriving from airport we had no coins, and we lost some time to find some in the shops above...), very interesting visit, nice gardens...
Sep 4, 2018
Beautiful castle, wonderful displays and ever-helpful and knowledgeable wardens.
Aug 30, 2018
I enjoyed this tour. Having the audioguide was very helpful.

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