Palace of Holyroodhouse

Activity code: PHH

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  • 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
  • Includes entry to featured special exhibitions including A Royal Wedding: The Duke and Duchess of Sussex


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.

State Apartments
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.

A Royal Wedding: The Duke and Duchess of Sussex
Get a close up look at The Duchess of Sussex’s Givenchy wedding dress and the Duke of Sussex’s Savile Row frockcoat uniform in this exciting new exhibition. The iconic veil is also on display as is the diamond encrusted tiara that held it in place. Made in 1932 for Queen Mary, the impressive tiara was lent to Meghan by Her Majesty herself. The exhibition runs until October 6 2019.
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Additional Information

Please Note:

  • Unfortunately, there is no wheelchair access to Mary, Queen of Scots’ Apartments.

  • Entrance to the Palace of Holyroodhouse

  • Travel

Venue Information:
Canongate, Edinburgh EH8 8DX
Nearest Train Station: Edinburgh Waverley
The Palace of Holyroodhouse is open daily throughout the year, with a few exceptions when it is in use for official functions.

Opening Times 2020

April to October 
Open Daily, 09:30 am-6:00 pm (last admission 04:30 pm) 

November to March 
Open daily, 09:30 am - 04:30 pm (last admission 03:15) 

Palace Closed:  
  • 25-26 December 2020