The Palace of Holyroodhouse

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Standing at the end of Edinburgh's historic Royal Mile, the Palace of Holyrood House is home to a wealth of beautiful sights and Scottish royal history.

The Palace of Holyroodhouse tickets include:

  • Entry to the famous State Apartments which are used by the monarch and members of the Royal Family for official ceremonies and events 
  • Great Gallery
  • Throne Room
  • Royal Dining Room
  • See the rooms where Mary, Queen of Scots lived and the famous Darnley Jewel made for Mary's mother-in-law
  • Family Room with costumes for dressing up and fun activities to entertain the kids
  • Wander through the famous Palace Gardens
  • Complimentary multimedia guide, which lasts approximately one hour and is available in multiple languages. See Facilities info for details

One of Edinburgh's top attractions

Your visit will have you exploring the magnificent and historic State Apartments, the resplendent royal gardens and the remarkable ruins of Holyrood Abbey. 

As the palace has reflected the changing tastes of successive monarchs throughout the ages, you'll find yourself enamoured with the beautiful design of the State Apartments which makes them famous from the fine plasterwork ceilings to the illustrious collection of both French and Flemish Tapestries.

As you walk through the Palace, you'll notice how the rooms become progressively grander as you approach the King's Bedchamber - the most regal room of them all.

In the past, only the most cherished and important guests would've been given an audience here.

The Palace of Holyroodhouse gardens

We'd highly a recommend a visit to the palace gardens. Filled with the charming chorus of songbirds, the gardens become a kaleidoscope of colour and vibrancy in the spring and summer months.

Some unmissable highlights include the Jubilee Border, which was originally planted with silver plants in celebration of The Queen's Diamond Jubilee, a previously thought extinct species called the Wentworth Elm, and the sundial made for Charles I's Scottish Coronation in 1633.

While you won't find royalty like Mary, Queen of Scots living in the palace during your visit, nowadays the place is regularly used by The King, who welcomes thousands of specially invited guests during the royal week.

Don't worry if you don't have an invitation though, our tickets to The Palace of Holyrood will do just the trick!

Alba / Scotland,
City of Edinburgh EH8 8DX
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How to find us

By car

There is a public car park adjacent to the Palace at Broad Pavement. 

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

The nearest train station is Edinburgh Waverley. The Palace is a 15 minute walk from the station.  

Visit National Rail Enquiries for times and fares.

By tram
The nearest tram stop is York Place. The Palace is a 20 minute walk from the stop.

By coach / bus

Bus number 35 stops near the Palace.  Open-top tour buses stop nearby.

Limited free coach parking is available adjacent to the Palace. Alternative pay-and-display coach parking is available on nearby Regent Road.

By bike

A free-to-use public bicycle rack is located opposite the Scottish Parliament.

  • Café
  • Toilets 
  • Pushchairs can be taken inside the Palace except during busy periods. Baby carriers and hip seats are available on request
  • The Café at the Palace serves food and drinks, however eating and drinking are not permitted inside the Palace's State Apartments.

The Palace of Holyroodhouse has now been home to royalty for over 500 years, and is the official Scottish residence of the King.

If you're one for the royals or you're visiting Scotland as a tourist, a stop at the Palace of Holyroodhouse is a must. The palace is the official Scottish residence of the king and has housed many other notable royal figures throughout history, including King George V, Charles I and Mary, Queen of Scots.

Photography and filming are not permitted inside the Palace.

Entry to the palace includes a multimedia guide, which lasts approximately one 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 deaf and hard of hearing visitors.

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