Palace of Holyroodhouse
Palace of Holyroodhouse
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Monday
9:30 AM - 6:00 PM
Thursday
9:30 AM - 6:00 PM
Friday
9:30 AM - 6:00 PM
Saturday
9:30 AM - 6:00 PM
Sunday
9:30 AM - 6:00 PM
About
The Palace of Holyroodhouse is the official residence in Scotland of Her Majesty The Queen. 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 Queen when carrying out official engagements in Scotland.
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Neighbourhood: Southside & Holyrood
Many of Edinburgh’s student hangouts gather around university buildings in Southside, the sort of neighbourhood that supports a long string of second-hand shops and eateries serving ethnic food for just a few pounds. In August the student population is replaced by vast numbers of boisterous visitors here for the Fringe, Edinburgh’s world-class comedy and arts festival which headquarters itself here. Flanking Southside are two great parks. The Meadows is a vast flat and sporty space where football, rugby, tennis, cricket, croquet, and golf often all take place side by side. Kids in its big playgrounds add to the joyful noise. Far bigger and much wilder, Holyrood Park extends to the east and provides a real hike up Arthur’s Seat, but the district is best known as the site of Scotland’s Parliament and its premier Royal Palace—and their steady stream of sightseers.
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  • Anne C
    Dumfries, United Kingdom161 contributions
    An engaging way to spend an hour
    I've visited many country houses and historical buildings. All are different and this one is very interesting for it's huge tapestries and that the refurb done by Charles II has not been changed so it feels like the whole procession of formal rooms are a contiguous whole. There's some great artwork here - the state throne room has the greatest. I wish there wasn't just an audio guide - they stop all interaction and conversation. There were no display boards in the room or cards to pick up and get some more info on particular pieces. That was a shame - other museums do that better.
    Visited November 2022
    Written 30 November 2022
  • Sophie H
    5 contributions
    A great visit
    Loved our trip to the palace at Holyrood! It hugely exceeded expectations, and we enjoyed every moment soaking up the history, walking in the steps of Mary Queen of Scots through to seeing the palace is in use today. A brilliant and interactive audio guide. We visited as a couple on this occasion but did see a great interactive role playing playroom for children and a family option on the audio guide so are certain to return with our young ones on our next visit.
    Visited December 2022
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 2 December 2022
  • Steven L
    Coleraine, United Kingdom153 contributions
    Beautiful palace with a rich interesting history
    I actually really enjoyed visiting here. Beautiful palace full of history. To be able to go around by yourself listening to the audio guide and exploring at your own pace was so much better than having to follow a tour guide. It is expensive to get in but if your a fan of history and listening to stories then it’s well worth it
    Visited December 2022
    Travelled solo
    Written 6 December 2022
  • Stacey M
    Newton Le Willows, United Kingdom5 contributions
    Scotland's Royal Residence
    As with any visit to a royal residence you never know what you are going to get. However, I can see why the royal family like the Palace of Holyroodhouse, its slimmed back and nothing on the scale of those in London. Located at the bottom of the Royal Mile it is subtle in appear and definitely worth a visit for any royal enthusiast
    Visited October 2022
    Travelled solo
    Written 10 December 2022
  • Luciano242
    Edinburgh, United Kingdom487 contributions
    Lovely
    We visit the Palace last weekend, first time ever and we really enjoy it. The history, the building, the furniture and paintings were amazing. Tickets are for the whole year so we will come back another time.
    Visited December 2022
    Travelled with family
    Written 13 December 2022
  • Olivia W
    14 contributions
    Highly recommend
    Surprised at how good my visit was! The audio guides are the best I’ve ever used. Normally they’re so crap I don’t bother to use them , but they even came with videos with the audio. It meant the tour of the building was calm and quiet as everyone had headsets on. Beautifully decorated for Christmas. Kind of happy that no photos where allowed so you end up taking more of the place in in the moment. Visited on a Friday morning in dec and was not too busy. Went to the cafe afterwards, make sure you get their cake because they’re so good! Loved my visit
    Visited December 2022
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 16 December 2022
  • Alice R
    Northallerton, United Kingdom41 contributions
    Excellent visit with history and art
    Really enjoyed my visit. The multimedia guide was excellent and gave you a good overview of the history as well as engaging you with the works or art and objects on display too. Definitely set aside a few hours to look around, if you enjoy visiting historic houses/museums as there is a lot to explore.
    Visited November 2022
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 28 December 2022
  • Heathsr11
    44 contributions
    Informative tour
    Informative audio tour - interesting history of the palace. Nice to walk in the footsteps of royalty. Good setting near Holyrood park - opportunity for the walk up Arthur’s seat which we didn’t do as the weather was a bit misty. Easy to walk to from the castle. Right next to Scottish parliament building. Staff friendly. Some scaffolding work going on and the abbey was closed as it was being restored so maybe check before you go, but all other rooms open.
    Visited January 2023
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 3 January 2023
  • colin b
    South Lanarkshire, United Kingdom120 contributions
    Good audio tour, but no photography &overpriced shop
    Found the audio guide included in the entry price a god send, great descriptive tour with extra commentary and information, superb tour of the apartments. Got a bit busy at times but we were able to see everything & you do it at your own pace. Shame that photography isn't allowed, Glamis certainly allows it, doesn't detract from the visit but some photos would be nice as it is you need to buy a guidebook for that. Get your ticket stamped on exit & you can use it to revisit within the next year, ]The shop was rather over priced & stocked Buck House stuff as well, not for me.
    Visited January 2023
    Written 3 January 2023
  • Ruthybab
    Alton, United Kingdom201 contributions
    Real guides are the best!
    Well worth a visit. There was so much history in every room and spectacular views of Arthur's Seat from the gardens. We weren't allowed to take photos which is a kind of relief as it stops the traffic of people constantly snapping away. I would say that the audio guides were good and informative but no substitute for talking to the real guide a lovely lady who told us lots of stories about the palace when we chatted to her. There was a nice cafe where we had soup for lunch afterwards.
    Visited December 2022
    Travelled with family
    Written 29 January 2023
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Abi F
Wokingham, UK29 contributions
Nov 2023 • Family
We really enjoyed our visit to the Palace of Holyrood, which includes the ruins of the abbey and also the gardens. The audio tour was very informative, whilst short enough at each stop to keep your interest piqued. There was the opportunity for interactivity with the audio tour guide screens and at locations along the tour route. We learned so much about the history of Edinburgh, and the Royal family. The way in which the house has been preserved to show what it would have been like historically, and also how it continues to be used in the present day was fascinating. I would definitely recommend a visit if you're in Edinburgh - we spent approximately 1.5 hours here.
Written 27 November 2023
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Molly
London, UK276 contributions
Nov 2023 • Family
We visited the Palace of Holyroodhouse on 18 November.

This was a really informative visit - like a few other Royal tourist sites, this came with a headphone and phone set, to guide your visit. We found this especially useful as it gave you all of the context you could possibly need.

It’s a really interesting place with a lot of good history - including some murderous ghosty bits! There is definitely something for everyone to enjoy.
Written 25 November 2023
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FamilyTraveller02
Wyke, UK32 contributions
Nov 2023 • Friends
Excellent audio/tablet with clear instructions & photos on it. On the day we visited, there were plenty of staff around for us to ask questions.
We really enjoyed the tour, shop & cafe.
Definitely recommend a visit.
Written 20 November 2023
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Wa5
Oro Valley, AZ10 contributions
Nov 2023 • Friends
We were given this audio guide that is not a useful one if you miss a pace. There are no one to ask anything to inside this largely empty building and grounds.
Written 17 November 2023
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Eaton_Out
Greenville, SC589 contributions
Sep 2023 • Couples
This is the King's Official residence when he is in Scotland. He usually visits in August before heading off to Balmoral Castle in the highlands as his mom always did. This is open to the public and a must-see when in Edinburgh. Hand held electronic guides are provided. The castle if great but the attached ruins were especially interesting.
Written 8 November 2023
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Wendy S
Ayr, UK5 contributions
Oct 2023 • Family
Despite having been to Edinburgh many times as a 'local tourist', we'd never been to Holyrood. Looking for something to do on a wet, chilly October day we booked tickets and weren't disappointed. I was concerned that 13yo "too cool for school" would find it boring and whilst he was too old for the children's commentary/activity, he found it interesting. It really showed you what money and power could buy back in the day (no change there I guess). It takes 1-2 hours to do the tour and on a nicer day, you could spend more time in the gardens. Definitely worth doing.
Written 6 November 2023
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Kristen T
Stuttgart, Germany810 contributions
Oct 2023 • Couples
My husband and I were part of a tour that visited Holyrood Palace. I probably would not have chosen a tour of the Palace had it not been for our tour group, but I enjoyed my time there. The audio guide was informative. The palace grounds were nice to walk around. The gift shop had a lot of fun things. I'm glad we visited.
Written 6 November 2023
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Laura G
Surrey, UK29 contributions
Oct 2023 • Couples
I wasn't sure what to expect when visiting the Palace of Holyroodhouse, but I was pleasantly surprised. We decided to go last minute, but were able to buy tickets on the door.

The palace itself is beautiful, filled with rich history and captivating architecture. The audio guide provided a great and in-depth experience, enhancing my understanding of the palace's significance.

Another thing I really liked about it was that you’re not allowed to take photos in the rooms, which in the world we live in now feels almost alien. (You are allowed to take photos in the gardens and main courtyard.) I’m not sure if it’s because it’s a working palace or to protect the contents of the rooms from flashes etc. But it meant that people were actually engaged with the rooms and audio guide, rather than watching through their phones.

It's definitely a must-visit for history enthusiasts and anyone interested in royal heritage.
Written 5 November 2023
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janem-s04
Doncaster, UK45 contributions
Feb 2023 • Friends
A very interesting visit to the palace, the entry fee is good value for money, once stamped the ticket includes free entry for a year. Audio information is clear and easy to understand, Nice cafe area which is clean and tidy and the same for the toilets.
Written 3 November 2023
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Stevie A
Boston, MA3 contributions
Oct 2023 • Couples
Incredible palace, you can feel the decades of history as you walk around the place..
You Brits really do things differently but in a good way.
Written 31 October 2023
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