Palace of Holyroodhouse Admission

Palace of Holyroodhouse
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Please be aware of government guidelines before setting off.

Government Guidelines
  • Unearth Scottish royal history at The Queen’s official residence in Edinburgh.
  • Walk in the footsteps of Mary, Queen of Scots as you visit her chambers.

Explore the wonderful Palace of Holyroodhouse, the home to Her Majesty The Queen in Scotland. Founded as an Augustinian monastery in 1128, discover the long and rich history of this palace, which has been an important home to kings and queens. Take a peep at the grandiose State Apartments and explore Mary, Queen of Scots’ Chambers where she lived between 1561-1567. Take a stroll outside the palace walls amongst the intriguing ruins of the 12th-century Holyrood Abbey and beautiful gardens.

What to know before you go

  • This ticket includes admission to the palace, the State Apartments, Mary, Queen of Scots’ chambers and the ruins of Holyrood Abbey.
  • Admission to the Queen's Gallery is not included with this ticket.
  • If you select free cancellation when booking your ticket, you can cancel until 11.59pm before your visit.
  • Changes are not possible for this ticket.
  • Children under five go free. Please bring valid proof of age.
  • When you arrive, you can change your smartphone voucher for paper tickets.
  • You will be required to go through an airport-security check so pack light. Backpacks and large bags will need to be checked in.
  • A visit typically lasts around an hour and a half.
  • Learn fun facts about the Palace’s most famous inhabitants with the free interactive multimedia guide, which is available in multiple languages including French, German Italian, Japanese, Mandarin, Portuguese, Russian and Spanish.
  • The Palace is open Thursday until Monday 9.30am until 6pm. It is closed Tuesday and Wednesday. The last admission is 90 minutes prior to closing.

Getting there

  • Edinburgh Waverley station is a 15-minute walk from the palace.
  • By tram, the nearest stop is York Place, a 20-minute walk away.
  • The number 6 and 35 bus stop nearby. Open-top tour buses also stop near the Palace.
  • Broad Pavement car park is next to the palace. Accessible spaces are situated on Horse Wynd outside the Palace.

Read more about The Palace of Holyroodhouse here.

Please follow the latest government guidelines if travelling by public transport.

Government Guidelines
The Great Gallery at the Palace of Holyroodhouse lined with portraits by Jacob de Wet II.
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