Palace of Holyroodhouse

Address: The Royal Mile, Edinburgh, Scotland
Telephone: 0131 556 5100

- Expensive


The Queen's residence in Scotland - a jaw-dropping place.

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.

Value for money

Price advice

Adult £14.30, under 17 £8.30. For just the gallery adults tickets cost £5.50.

Expert tips

Holyrood Park and Arthur's Seat are well worth exploring whilst you are you here. Dynamic Earth and the Scottish parliament are just next door too.

Great workshops for kids - check their website to see if there are any when you are planning to visit.

Your ticket is valid to come back as many times as you like within one year.

If you are an art-lover, you can just buy a ticket for The Queens Gallery.

Recommended for

  • Backpackers / Students
  • Couples
  • Culture vultures
  • Mature travellers
  • Seasoned travellers
  • Education
  • Sightseeing
  • Art
  • History
  • Design and architecture