Palace of Holyroodhouse
The Royal Mile, Edinburgh
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Expert review of Palace of Holyroodhouse
This where the Queen stays when she is in town. You can tell as the flag will be flying; that - and it won't be open to the public. The palace and gardens are set in the extensive Holyrood Park with Arthur's Seat, the extinct volcano, looming over them. Holyroodhouse is steeped in history, once the residece of the ill-fated Mary Queen of Scots and also headquarters for Bonnie Prince Charlie during the uprising in 1745, anyone interested in history will love it. A tour incorporates The Royal Apartments. where the Royal Family stay when they're in residence.
The entrance fee also includes the The Queen's Gallery, a state-of-the-art building which has ever changing exhibitions of some of the paintings in The Royal Collection. For example, until January 2011, Dutch Landscapes with work from Turner and Constable can be seen.
The gardens are open between April 1 and October 31.
There is a special family friendly audio tour too, which makes it as much fun for the youngsters as it does for the adults. There's a nice wee café too.
Adult £14.30, under 17 £8.30. For just the gallery adults tickets cost £5.50.
More information on Palace of Holyroodhouse:
- Price guide:
- Castle / palace, Landmark / monument, Park / garden
- The Royal Mile, Edinburgh
- 0131 556 5100
- Months open:
- All year round
- Opening times:
- Apr-Oct Mon-Sun 9.30am-6pm; Nov-Mar Mon-Sun 9.30am-4.30pm; closed during Royal visits, plus Christmas and Boxing Day