Palace of Holyroodhouse

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The Palace of Holyroodhouse, located in Edinburgh, Scotland, is the official residence of the British monarch in Scotland. This historic palace offers visitors a glimpse into royal history, with opulent rooms, stunning art collections, and beautiful gardens to explore.

Our guide to Palace of Holyroodhouse

Situated at the end of the Royal Mile in the centre of Edinburgh, against the breath taking backdrop of Arthur’s Seat, the Palace of Holyroodhouse is absolutely stunning both inside and out.

The official Royal residence in Scotland, His Majesty the King conducts important official business here, as well as hosting lavish engagements and garden parties.

State Apartments
Take a walk through the exquisitely decorated State Apartments, renowned for their beautiful plasterwork ceilings, historical works of arts and incredible collection of magnificent tapestries. Reflecting the changing tastes of the monarchs through the ages, the scope of decor is impressive.

Visit the Throne Room and see where the Knights and Ladies of the Order of the Thistle attend the special luncheon. Enter the Great Gallery, the largest room in the palace, filled with Jacob de Wet’s portraits of legendary Kings of Scotland.

Mary, Queen of Scots’ Chambers
These historic apartments were once home to the legendary Mary, Queen of Scots and the location for many dramatic events including the murder of her Italian secretary. During her short and turbulent reign, Mary resided at Holyroodhouse; visit the Bedchamber, the Outer Chamber and her oratory.

* The Abbey and Gardens will be closed until further notice

Terms and conditions

Terms and conditions for Palace of Holyroodhouse

  • The Palace of Holyroodhouse if open daily throughout the year, with a few exception which it is in use for official functions. Please check locally for any last minute closures.
  • The Abbey and Gardens will be closed until further notice.
  • Please give yourself enough time to arrive prior to your allocated entry time. Latecomers may be refused entry and no refunds will be allowed.
  • You MUST print a copy of your ticket for entry. Without this, you may be refused entry
  • Unfortunately, there is no wheelchair access to Mary, Queen of Scots' Apartments.
  • You and your belongings may be subject to security checks. Large bags including oversized rucksacks may be refused entry.
  • Photography and filming is not permitted inside the Palace.
  • Food and drink is not permitted inside the Palace's State Apartments.
  • Pushchairs can be taken inside the Palace except during busy periods. Baby carriers and hop seats are available on request.
  • Cancellation Policy: Tickets can be cancelled or amended outside of 4 days prior to date booked. 100% cancellation charges will be applied within this time.

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