The Queen's Gallery was built in the shell of the former Holyrood Free Church and Duchess of Gordon’s School at the entrance to the Palace of Holyroodhouse. The buildings were originally constructed in the 1840s with funds from the Duchess of Gordon but fell into disuse in the late 19th century.
Plans for the new Gallery began in October 1999, with an architectural design by Benjamin Tindall Architects, to complement the original 19th-century architecture. A new stone arched entrance was created opposite the new Scottish Parliament building. The use of a stone archway, with a courtyard beyond, is a traditional style in Scottish architecture. The large stone lettering above the entrance is cut from single pieces of stone and sits below Scotland’s heraldic lion. The monumental entrance doors are made of oak, with gilded bronze hinges.
The Queen's Gallery, Palace of Holyroodhouse
Masterpieces from Buckingham Palace - 25 March – 31 October 2022
An unmissable chance to view up close some of the greatest works from the Royal Collection, usually on display in the Picture Gallery at Buckingham Palace, including paintings by Rembrandt, Van Dyck, Rubens and Artemisia Gentileschi. The Queen's Gallery in Edinburgh is located at the entrance to the Palace of Holyroodhouse and was built in the shell of a former church and school dating from the 1840s. The project to create an art gallery that would complement the original 19th-century architecture began in 1999, and The Queen's Gallery was opened by Queen Elizabeth II in November 2002 as part of the Golden Jubilee celebrations. Today the Gallery hosts a programme of changing exhibitions from the Royal Collection.
The Queen’s Gallery is usually closed on Tuesdays and Wednesdays
Opening times: April–October, Thursday to Monday: 09:30–18:00 (17:00 last admission) / November–March, Thursday to Monday: 09:30–16:30 (15:30 last admission)
Please bring a printed copy of your ticket
Tickets are valid for entry at any time during normal opening hours on the booked date
The safety and wellbeing of our visitors and staff are our priority. To allow everyone to enjoy their visit to The Queen’s Gallery while maintaining social distancing we are operating with reduced visitor capacity. Capacity levels and visitor flow are managed by our staff: please follow their instructions during your visit. You’ll need to wear a face covering when enjoying all indoor spaces during your visit (unless exempt)
Recommended visit time: approximately 1 hour
Your ticket includes a multimedia guide available in English. We recommend you bring your own headphones to use with the multimedia guide
Visitors and their belongings may be subject to security checks
For safety reasons pushchairs cannot be taken inside and must be checked in at the entrance