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Visit The Palace of Holyroodhouse
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Open throughout the year, the Palace of Holyroodhouse stands at the end of Edinburgh's Royal Mile.

Explore the Palace's close associations with some of Scotland’s most well-known historic figures such as Mary, Queen of Scots and Bonnie Prince Charlie, and learn how today it is used by The King when carrying out official engagements in Scotland.

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Official site for the Palace of Holyroodhouse in Edinburgh, the official residence of His Majesty The King in Scotland. Book tickets and find out more about visiting.
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With so much to see and do, take a look at our list of recommendations to make your visit extra special.
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Visit our shop which offers a wide range of exclusive gifts inspired by the royal palaces and the works of art in the Royal Collection.
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The Café at the Palace offers seasonal, home-made dishes from fresh, locally-sourced produce.
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Download educational resources to use during your visit or at home.
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Learn about the Palace and its most famous residents with our interactive multimedia tour.
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Can you find the two thrones in the Palace?
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Discover how the Palace is used by The King when carrying out official engagements in Scotland.
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Learn about the garden at the Palace of Holyroodhouse, first used in 1503 and still in use today for royal events.
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Who built the Palace?
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According to medieval legend, the Abbey was founded in 1128 by David I of Scotland after seeing a vision of a stag.
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Discover the fascinating history of Abbey Strand, the gateway to the Palace of Holyroodhouse.
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The Palace of Holyroodhouse has welcomed visitors for hundreds of years.
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Bring the curriculum to life with a visit to the Palace of Holyroodhouse. We offer a range of interactive workshops, tours, learning activities and resources for nursery, primary and secondary pupils. Our schools visit information will help teachers and organisers plan their visit.

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We offer a groups discount for bookings of 15 people or more.
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It is essential to pre-book your group visit. Buy your tickets online or over the telephone.
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Free coach parking is available next to the Palace and is accessible via Abbeyhill.
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The Palace of Holyroodhouse is largely accessible, with some restrictions in Mary, Queen of Scots' rooms. Concessionary rates are available if you have a disability and we offer a free access companion ticket which can be booked online.

Accessible toilets are located in the Café at the Palace, which can be visited without a ticket. There is limited bench seating around the Palace.

Registered assistance dogs are welcome.

The multimedia guide is available in British Sign Language (BSL) and with subtitles, and an audio-descriptive guide is available for blind or partially-sighted visitors.

A number of Wardens are Dementia Friends, please ask staff for any assistance.

The Palace tour is indoors with some small rooms, and includes access to outdoor areas including the Palace garden. You may wish to download a photo journey (PDF) to help you plan your visit.

You might find it useful to review the detailed access guides on the AccessAble website:

Accessible parking spaces are located on Horse Wynd, just outside the Palace, on a first-come, first-served basis.

General information on visiting is available on our Practical Information page.

For detailed access information, please select one of the options below. For any other information you can contact the Specialist Sales team on +44 (0)303 123 7324 or by emailing [email protected].

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  • Book in advance for the best value.
  • Your ticket includes a multimedia guide.
  • Children go half price.
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Adult £20.00 £22.00
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  • You can visit the Palace of Holyroodhouse at your leisure using the complimentary multimedia guide, which lasts approximately 1 hour and is available in English, Brazilian Portuguese, French, Gaelic, German, Italian, Japanese, Mandarin Chinese, Russian and Spanish. The English-language guides feature versions tailored for families (children) and D/deaf and hard of hearing visitors.
  • On arrival your belongings will be subject to a bag check. Read more about security & luggage.
  • Toilets and baby-care facilities are located in the Mews. We encourage you to use these facilities before starting your visit. 
  • Photography and filming are not permitted inside the Palace. Read about photography, filming & mobile phones.
  • The Café at the Palace serves food and drinks, however eating and drinking are not permitted inside the Palace's State Apartments.
  • Pushchairs can be taken inside the Palace except during busy periods. Baby carriers and hip seats are available on request. Read more detailed information about visiting with children.
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The Palace of Holyroodhouse is closed on Tuesdays and Wednesdays, except during July, August and September when we are open 7 days a week.

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1 November - 31 March 09:30 15:15 16:30
1 April - 31 October 09:30 16:30 18:00

 

The Admission Centre is busiest from opening and throughout the morning. For the best experience please book your tickets in advance and arrive after 11:00.

Palace closures

  • 16  - 25 May 2024 - Palace closed (The King's Gallery and the Café at the Palace are open)
  • 27 June - 5 July 2024 - Palace closed (The King's Gallery is open but the Café at the Palace is closed)
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