Palace of Holyroodhouse Admission Ticket
Standing at the end of Edinburgh's Royal Mile, the Palace of Holyroodhouse is the official home of Her Majesty The Queen in Scotland, and is used by Her Majesty for State ceremonies and official entertaining.
The Palace has been a royal residence for over 500 years and is closely associated with Scotland's rich history. A visit to the Palace includes the Historic Apartments of Mary, Queen of Scots, which were the setting for many dramatic episodes in her short and turbulent reign, including the brutal murder of her Italian secretary, David Rizzio, by her husband, Lord Darnley. Her Bedchamber has been described as 'the most famous room in Scotland'.
In the Palace's State Apartments, visitors can see the magnificent Great Gallery, where Bonnie Prince Charlie held lavish balls when he set up his Jacobite Court at the Palace in September 1745. The State Apartments today reflect the changing tastes of successive monarchs, and are renowned for their fine plasterwork ceilings and unrivalled collection of Brussels tapestries. They are furnished with numerous works of art from the Royal Collection, many of which have long associations with Holyroodhouse and Scotland.
A visit to the Palace includes the opportunity to explore the ruins of Holyrood Abbey and the Palace's unique gardens, which are set against the spectacular backdrop of Arthur's Seat. At the Café at the Palace, visitors can enjoy home-made dishes made from locally sourced produce, from light refreshments and lunch to afternoon tea.
Image credit: John Freeman, Royal Collection Trust / © Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II 2018
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- Entry/Admission - Palace of Holyroodhouse
- Food and drinks
- Confirmation will be received at time of booking
- Wheelchair accessible
- You and your belongings may be subject to security checks.
- Photography is not permitted inside the Palace. Read about photography, filming & mobile phones.
- Audio Guides are available for families and an audio descriptive tour for blind or partially-sighted visitors.
- Eating and drinking aren't allowed inside the Palace, but refreshments are available in the Café at the Palace.
- Toilets and baby-care facilities are located in the Mews Courtyard.
- For safety reasons, pushchairs cannot be taken into the Palace. They need to be checked in at the entrance and collected at the end of your visit. Discover more tips for visiting with children.
- Service animals allowed
- Near public transportation
- Transportation is wheelchair accessible
- Most travelers can participate
- Please note that between 1st April and 31st October last admission is 4:30pm. Between 1st November and 31st March last entry is 3:15pm
- This tour/activity will have a maximum of 14 travelers
Awesome self guided tour. Building is rich in history. Totally enjoyable. Highly recommend this tour.
Holyrood was amazing. The rooms and furniture are in good shape and saw the hall where the Queen holds important functions. The headphone device had pictures plus anecdotes re each room and items in the room. We were told when she is in residence the Queen can be seen roaming the grounds and talking to people.