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Palace of Holyroodhouse Entrance Tickets with Multimedia Guide

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Discover more about the official residence of His Majesty The King of England and Scotland as you discover historic secrets housed within the opulent walls of the Palace of Holyroodhouse.


  • Get an inside look at the official home of His Majesty The King in Scotland.
  • Explore the majesty of the State Apartments, a blend of grand and contrasting tastes of successive monarchs.
  • Walkthrough the Historic Apartments of Mary, Queen of Scots where dramatic events took place.
  • Discover works of art from the Royal Collection in the State Apartments.
  • Admire the ruins of Holyrood Abbey, once a grand medieval abbey in Scotland.
  • Wander out onto the lush Palace Gardens, set against the dramatic backdrop of Arthur’s Seat.
  • Use the complimentary multimedia guide to gain a deeper understanding of the Palace and its association with Scotland's rich history.


  • Entrance to the Palace of Holyroodhouse
  • Multimedia guide in 11 languages


  • Tour guide
  • Hotel transfers
  • Food and drinks

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Situated at the end of the Royal Mile in the center of Edinburgh, the Palace of Holyroodhouse is absolutely stunning both inside and out. A royal residence in Scotland for over 5 centuries, His Royal Majesty The King uses it for state ceremonies and official entertaining.

Explore the Historic Apartments of Mary, Queen of Scots. These walls have witnessed many dramatic events during her short and turbulent reign, including the murder of her Italian secretary by her husband Lord Darnley. It is hardly a surprise then that her Bedroom came to be described as 'the most famous room in Scotland'.

Take a walk through the exquisitely decorated State Apartments, renowned for their beautiful plasterwork ceilings, historical works of art, and unparalleled collection of Brussels tapestries. Reflecting on the changing tastes of the succeeding monarchs through the ages, the scope of decor is impressive. Visit the Great Gallery, where Bonnie Prince Charlie held several lavish balls after the setup of Jacobite Court in September 1745.

Take the chance to discover the ruins of Holyrood Abbey and the Palace's unique gardens, set against the breathtaking backdrop of Arthur’s Seat. Admire a colorful array of medicinal and culinary plants inspired by some of the earliest recorded gardens of the site, at the newly added physic garden. If you wish, on your own, drop by at the Café at the Palace, where you can get everything from light refreshments and afternoon tea to lunch. You will get to enjoy delicious homemade dishes made from locally sourced produce.

know before you go

COVID Safety Information

  • Holyrood Abbey and the Palace Gardens are currently closed to visitors until further notice.
  • In order to ensure a safe and enjoyable visit, two tiny rooms in the Historic Apartments where social distancing cannot be easily maintained have been closed. The Family Room and Activity Bags are temporarily unavailable.
  • Perspex screens are in place at the checkouts and till points.
  • Toilets and baby-care facilities are located in the Mews Courtyard. You are encouraged to use these facilities before starting your visit. Capacity may be limited to allow for enhanced cleaning to take place and social distancing to be maintained.
  • Pushchairs can be taken inside the Palace, except during busy periods. If you are asked to leave your pushchair, a dedicated area is available inside the Palace entrance. Baby carriers and hip seats are available on request and will be sanitized between uses. All other personal belongings cannot be left and must be carried for the duration of your visit.
  • The multimedia guides and headphones are cleaned twice before you use them – once before distribution, and again on return. You are welcome to use your own standard wired headphones if you prefer.

Important Information

  • You and your belongings may be subject to security checks.
  • Some items, such as large items of baggage, backpacks pen knives and scissors may not be brought into the Palace of Holyroodhouse at all.
  • Smoking, including electronic e-cigarettes is not permitted.
  • Photography and filming for personal, non-commercial purposes is permitted inside the Palace and within the grounds.
  • In consideration of other visitors, mobile phones must be switched to silent inside the Palace.
  • Eating and drinking are not permitted inside the Palace of Holyroodhouse with the exception of bottled water. You will be asked to place drinks and food in closed bags before being admitted. Food and drink are available at the Café at the Palace.
  • As the Palace of Holyroodhouse is a working royal palace, security and opening arrangements may be subject to change at short notice.

Multimedia Guide Languages

English, Gaelic, French, German, Spanish, Italian, Japanese, Brazilian Portuguese, Russian, Mandarin, and British Sign Language.

Operating Hours

The Palace of Holyroodhouse is open Thursday to Monday throughout the year except for July and August when it is open all 7 days a week - with a few exceptions when it's in use for official functions.

The Palace Gardens are currently open, while Holyrood Abbey remains closed to visitors until further notice.

1 Apr to 31 Oct

  • Thu to Mon - 9:30am to 6pm (last admission at 4:30pm)
  • Open on Tue & Wed during July & Aug

1 Nov to 31 Mar 2023

  • Thu to Mon - 9:30am to 4:30pm (last admission at 3:15pm)

Palace Closures

  • From Sept 2022, closed every Tue and Wed.
  • 15 Apr 2022.
  • 19 to 28 May 2022.
  • From 23 Jun to 2 Jul 2022: please note the Palace, Gallery, cafe, and shop are all closed on 2 Jul.
  • 25 & 26 Dec 2022.

my tickets

  • Your voucher will be emailed to you instantly.
  • Please print your voucher and present it at the attraction, along with a valid photo ID.

Ticket Redemption Point

  • Redeem your voucher directly at the attraction itself - Palace of Holyroodhouse.
  • Address: Canongate, Edinburgh EH8 8DX, United Kingdom.

Get Directions to the Redemption Point

Getting There

  • Bus: 35, 6, X17, X18.
  • Train: SCOTRAIL.


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