Palace of Holyroodhouse
Activity code: PHH
- An inside look at the official Royal Residence in Scotland
- The Palace of Holyroodhouse is right in the centre of Edinburgh
- Explore the majesty of the State Apartments
- Walk through the chambers of Mary, Queen of Scots
Situated at the end of the Royal Mile in the centre of Edinburgh, against the breathtaking backdrop of Arthur’s Seat, the Palace of Holyroodhouse is absolutely stunning both inside and out. The official Royal residence in Scotland, Her Majesty the Queen conducts important official business here, as well as hosting lavish engagements and garden parties.
Take a walk through the exquisitely decorated State Apartments, renowned for their beautiful plasterwork ceilings, historical works of arts and incredible collection of magnificent tapestries. Reflecting the changing tastes of the monarchs through the ages, the scope of decor is impressive.
Visit the Throne Room and see where the Knights and Ladies of the Order of the Thistle attend the special luncheon. Enter the Great Gallery, the largest room in the palace, filled with Jacob de Wet’s portraits of legendary Kings of Scotland.
Mary, Queen of Scots’ Chambers
These historic apartments were once home to the legendary Mary, Queen of Scots and the location for many dramatic events including the murder of her Italian secretary. During her short and turbulent reign, Mary resided at Holyroodhouse; visit the Bedchamber, the Outer Chamber and her oratory.
Summer 2022 Event - July to September
Enjoy a display of outfits worn by The Queen whilst celebrating the Silver, Golden and Diamond Jubilees. One of the highlights will be the pink dress, coat and stole designed by Sir Hardy Amies in 1977 for the Silver Jubilee. Also featuring is the silk stemmed matching hat with flowerheads, designed by Simone Mirman, worn by Her Majesty at the Service of Thanksgiving at St Paul’s Cathedral on 7 June 1977 to mark the 25th anniversary of her Accession.
- You must ensure that you have a printed copy of your ticket's for entry.
- Unfortunately, there is no wheelchair access to Mary, Queen of Scots’ Apartments.
- Entrance to the Palace of Holyroodhouse
Canongate, Edinburgh EH8 8DX
Nearest Train Station: Edinburgh Waverley
Opening times 2021
April to October
Thursday to Monday, 09:30-18:00 (last admission 16:30)
November to March
Thursday to Monday, 09:30-16:30 (last admission 15:15)
Palace closing early
- 31 December 2021 (last admission 14:45, closes 16:00)
Palace opening late
- 1 January 2022 (opens 11:00, last admission 15:15, closes 16:30)
The Palace of Holyroodhouse is open daily throughout the year, with a few exceptions when it is in use for official functions.