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Tickets for The Palace of Holyroodhouse

Visit The Queen's official residence in Scotland

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Opening hours
09:30 - 18:00
09:30 - 18:00
09:30 - 18:00
09:30 - 18:00
09:30 - 18:00
09:30 - 18:00
09:30 - 18:00
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

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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
English, French, German, Spanish, Italian, Brazilian Portuguese, Russian, Mandarin, and Japanese
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Getting There

  • Train to Waverley Station + a 15-minute walk
  • Bus: Line 6 to Scottish Parliament, line 35 to Whitefoord House or Abbeyhill Crescent
Aug 14, 2018
Beautiful Palace with a lot of history, it totally worth it to visit it!
Aug 12, 2018
Easy to obtain tickets on line. Nice to avoid lines and walk right into the beautiful Holyrood Palace.
Aug 11, 2018
The tour of the palace is one of the best we have done. Easy to navigate and the audio guide is clear and full of interesting information. Well worth your time to see the “working” palace.
Aug 6, 2018
Great opportunity to visit one place full of history, symbol of Scotland past and present times.
Jul 31, 2018
Jul 30, 2018
The palace experience is excellent value and very interesting and informative. The free audio guide gives just the right amount of detail avoit the palace and history. Friends from London loved it and I’d take any other visitors there. Two hours is plenty time including the Abbey ruins and garden. A great visit.
Jul 29, 2018
Jul 25, 2018
Such a straightforward booking system, enabling one to avoid any queues and enter the palace without delay. All staff were extremely friendly and the audio guides provides free of charge are an excellent and informative resource which helps one gain a greater understanding of the history. The palace and gardens itself are stunning. Highly recommend visiting this attraction.
Jul 23, 2018
Very good and informative will recommend
Jul 22, 2018
Very easy . !

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