The Queen’s Gallery, Palace of Holyroodhouse

Activity code: QGE

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  • Explore seasonal exhibitions at The Queen’s Gallery
  • See magnificent paintings and sculptures
  • Discover the Masterpieces of Buckingham Palace exhibition
  • Combine with a visit to the Palace of Holyroodhouse


Built in the shell of the former Holyrood Free Church and Duchess of Gordon’s School, The Queen’s Gallery was opened in 2002 by the late Queen Elizabeth II and exhibits magnificent works from the Royal Collection. 

Before your step inside, marvel at the traditional Scottish style of the entrance doors, made of oak and gilded bronze hinges. Don’t forget to look up at Scotland’s heraldic lion sat above. 

Palace of Holyroodhouse
Venture into the historic palace to see the lavish State Apartments including the Throne Room, The Privy Chamber, the Great Gallery and the King’s Bedchamber — the grandest room of all. You’ll also discover Mary, Queen of Scot’s chambers, the oldest section of the palace. Here, you can explore the Supper Room, where Mary’s private secretary, David Rizzio, was murdered by her jealous husband and a group of powerful Scottish lords. What’s more, you can still see the bloodstains on the floor! Your ticket also includes access to Holyrood Abbey and the Palace Gardens.

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Additional Information

Please note:

  • A complimentary multimedia guide will be provided.
  • There is a cloakroom for large bags and items.
  • Pushchairs are allowed inside the Gallery, except during busy periods. Baby carriers and hip seats are available on request.
  • The Gallery is fully accessible.