Tickets for The Palace of Holyroodhouse

Visit The Queen's official residence in Scotland

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Overview
Opening hours
Saturday:  09:30 - 16:30
Sunday:  09:30 - 16:30
Monday:  09:30 - 16:30
Tuesday:  09:30 - 16:30
Wednesday:  09:30 - 16:30
Thursday:  09:30 - 16:30
Friday:  09:30 - 16:30
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
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
Changing or cancelling your ticket
  • Cancellations are not possible for this ticket
  • Changes 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
English, French, German, Italian, Japanese, Mandarin, Portuguese, Russian, Spanish
Ratings & reviews
4.7
121 Reviews
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Jan 2, 2020
excellent audio guide
Dec 6, 2019
The palace is stunnning however photos nor video can be taken inside at all.<br>
Nov 24, 2019
Interesting visit, signage awful and a lot of steep narrow stairs though. Cream tea was excellent.

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