Holyrood Palace Highlights
The Palace of Holyrood House is used by the Queen when she is undertaking official engagements in Scotland. Other famous inhabitants include Bonnie Prince Charlie and Mary, Queen of Scots’.
Mary, Queen of Scots’ Chambers
One of the palaces most famous residents, she lived here from 1561 until 1567. Mary, Queen of Scots’ Chambers is in one of the oldest sections of the palace built almost 500 years ago. On the tour you can visit the bedchamber and the supper room. It was in the supper room that Mary witnessed the murder of her Italian secretary, David Rizzio by henchmen of her husband Lord Darnley.
This is the largest room in the palace and where the Queen hosts dinners, receptions and state banquets. It is also where Bonnie Prince Charlie held lavish balls in 1745 as he set up his Jacobite Court, rebelling against the English.
You will walk through the series of exquisitely decorated rooms with their plasterwork ceilings and stunning tapestries. The State Apartments show the differing tastes of past monarchs. There is also a display of the Royal Collection, works of art long associated with Holyrood House and Scotland.
The Queen’s Gallery
This collection features rare furniture to paintings from old masters. The exhibits chosen from the vast Royal Collection are ever changing.
Holyrood Abbey and the Palace Gardens
Your entry ticket includes a visit to the remains of the 12th century Holyrood Abbey. The ruins are adjacent to the palace and tours commence throughout the day. There is no need to book a free tour in advance. From the abbey you are then free to explore the palace gardens or take afternoon tea at the Café at the Palace.
Smoking, including the use of electronic e-cigarettes is not permitted anywhere in the palace complex or its grounds.
Visiting with children
Baby care facilities are available in the Café at the Palace. Pushchairs cannot be taken into the palace for safety reasons. If needed, baby carriers and hip seats are available to be used free of charge.