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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, 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
Jun 14, 2018
Just like going to a National Trust property with the added royal interest
Jun 11, 2018
Wonderful bit of history here. The audio tour was very well done. Would definitely recommend!
Jun 10, 2018
A fantastic visit...all the history of Holyrood as you walk around...totally enjoyed the experience.
Jun 8, 2018
The ticket process was very easy, and the palace was amazing!
Jun 5, 2018
It was a beautiful castle. The staff were friendly and helpful. You should definitely see Holyroodhouse on your trip to Edinburgh!
Jun 4, 2018
Very good audio. Would like more options to explore with additional audio stops.
Jun 4, 2018
Excellent visit with a good included audio guide
Jun 2, 2018
Easy to get tickets, easy to get in, can’t get much better than that!
May 17, 2018
très bien, et pas trop long!
May 14, 2018
Very interesting tour through a lot of the staterooms with audio guide and helpful attendants in each area. The abbey is also well worth a visit .
On a lovely sunny day a we had a walk through the palace gardens which are superb.

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