The Palace has been a royal residence for over 500 years and is closely associated with Scotland's rich history. A visit to the Palace includes the Historic Apartments of Mary, Queen of Scots, which were the setting for many dramatic episodes in her short and turbulent reign, including the brutal murder of her Italian secretary, David Rizzio, by her husband, Lord Darnley. Her Bedchamber has been described as 'the most famous room in Scotland'.
The Palace of Holyroodhouse is closed on Tuesdays and Wednesdays, except during July to September, when it is open seven days a week.
1 November - 31 March, 09:30-16:30 (last admission 15:15) 1 April - 31 October, 09:30-18:00 (last admission 16:30)
2023 Upcoming Palace closures:
Holyrood Abbey is closed to visitors until further notice.
As the Palace of Holyroodhouse is a working royal palace, sometimes additional closures can happen at short notice.
In the Palace's State Apartments, visitors can see the magnificent Great Gallery, where Bonnie Prince Charlie held lavish balls when he set up his Jacobite Court at the Palace in September 1745.
The State Apartments today reflect the changing tastes of successive monarchs and are renowned for their fine plasterwork ceilings and unrivalled collection of Brussels tapestries. They are furnished with numerous works of art from the Royal Collection, many of which have long associations with Holyroodhouse and Scotland.
A visit to the Palace includes the opportunity to explore unique gardens, which are set against the spectacular backdrop of Arthur's Seat.
A newly created physic garden situated on the Abbey Strand contains a colourful array of medicinal and culinary plants inspired by some of the earliest recorded gardens on the site.
At the Café at the Palace, visitors can enjoy homemade dishes made from locally sourced produce, from light refreshments and lunch to afternoon tea.
November–March: 09:30–16:30 (15:15 last admission)
As the Palace of Holyroodhouse is a working royal palace, sometimes closures can happen at short notice. Please check before visiting
Evan Evans E-tickets are valid anytime during regular opening hours on the date shown
Please note that you will require a printed copy of your E-ticket to gain entry
Suggested visit time: 1.5 hours (approx.)
Your ticket includes a multimedia guide available in English, Gaelic, French, German, Spanish, Italian, Japanese, Brazilian Portuguese, Russian, Mandarin and British Sign Language. We recommend you bring your own headphones to use with the multimedia guide (standard audio jack)
You and your belongings may be subject to security checks
Pushchairs can be taken inside the Palace, except during busy periods
Holyrood Abbey is closed to visitors until further notice
Explore the historic Palace of Holyroodhouse
Discover the medieval Holyrood Abbey and Palace Gardens
Multilingual multimedia guide is included with your entrance ticket