Holyrood Palace in Edinburgh (also known as the Palace of Holyroodhouse), the Queen’s official residence in Scotland, is generally open to the public with the exception of times when the Royal Family are residing there. This palace has served as the main residence of Kings and Queens of Scots for over 600 years. Between 1528 and 1536, James V ordered several additions to the palace including the northwest tower. This tower houses the chambers where Mary, Queen of Scots resided. The State Apartments within the palace now serve as residences for the Queen and members of the Royal Family.
Within the palace is an art gallery aptly named The Queen’s Gallery. This gallery is home to a number of works from the Royal Collection and is open to the public. Since 1999, Holyrood Palace has become an even more popular meeting site due to the establishment of the Scottish Parliament. Holyrood Palace has also established itself as one of Prince Charles’ and Princess Anne’s more popular places to stay.
Holyrood Palace in Edinburgh continues to be a place of interest for tourists. In 2002, the Palace was selected as one of Britain’s best buildings by Architectural historian Dan Cruickshank. With its stately appearance and storied history, it is indeed one of Edinburgh’s pre-eminent places to visit.
Opening Times and Prices
Opening times for Holyrood Palace are as follows:
1 November to 31 March >> 09:30-16:30 (last admission 15:30)
1 April to 31 October >> 09:30-18:00 (last admission 17:00)
Palace of Holyroodhouse (includes an audio tour)
Adult – £14.00
Over 60/Student (with valid ID) – £12.70
Under 17 – £8.10
Under 5 – Free
Family (2 adults, 3 under 17s) – £36.10
Joint Palace of Holyroodhouse and The Queen’s Gallery
Adult – £18.20
Over 60/Student (with valid ID) – £17.90
Under 17 – £10.80
Under 5 – Free
Family (2 adults, 3 under 17s) – £49.00
Address: Palace of Holyroodhouse, Canongate, The Royal Mile, EH8 8DX
Tourist Bus: Served by Edinburgh’s Hop-on Hop-off Tour Bus