Palace of Holyroodhouse Tickets

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Opening hours

April to October open daily from 9.30am until 6pm with the last admission at 4.30pm.

November to March open daily from 9.30am until 4.30pm with the last admission at 3.15pm.

The Palace is open throughout the year with a few exceptions such as official engagements.

During 2019 it is closed on 14-25 May, 24 June-5 July and 25-26 December.

How to get there

Train and walk- it is approximately a 15 minute walk from Waverley Station.

Bus- route numbers 6 and 35 both have stops close to the palace entrance.

Car- there is a car park located alongside the palace.

Tram- the nearest tram stop is at York Place, approximately 20 minutes walking time.


How much are tickets to Holyrood House?
Adult tickets (17+) cost £15; a child ticket (5-16) costs £8.70, with under 5’s free. Concession tickets are available for those aged 60+ and students in possession of a valid ID and cost £13.50.
Where can I buy tickets online?
You can confidently buy your tickets online at the official shop of the British Tourist Authority, VisitBritain or other reliable sites such as the Royal Collection Trust at the tickets are open dated and can be used at any time, just print your voucher and bring it with you.
How long does a tour last?
On average, visitors spend from 1 hour up to 90 minutes on a visit to the palace.
Are audio tours and guidebooks available?
To make the most of your visit you are encouraged to pick up a free multimedia tour guide available in several languages including English, Gaelic, German, Spanish, Italian, Japanese, Russian, Chinese, Portuguese and British Sign Language. The multimedia guide lasts for about one hour. There is also a child’s version available (only in English) and aimed at those aged from 7-11, where children are invited to search for hidden items along the tour route.
Can I take photos inside the palace?
Photography is not permitted inside the palace although you are invited to take photographs for your personal use within the grounds of the palace. Visitors are also requested to switch off mobile phones while visiting the palace. Free Wi-Fi is available at the palace forecourt and in the Mews courtyard.
Is eating and drinking permitted on the tour?
Eating snacks or drinking is not permitted inside the palace. At the entrance, during the security check any food and drink you are carrying will be placed inside closed bags before you are given admittance. There is a café in the Mews Courtyard if you need refreshments during your visit.
Why is there a security check?
For reasons of safety and security there is an airport style security check in operation. All visitors and their belongings may be subjected to a security check. Restricted items that include backpacks and pushchairs must be checked in and reclaimed after your visit. A one-way system is in operation along the tour route.

Must Know

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.
Great Gallery
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.
State Apartments
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.

Places Nearby

Pickering’s Gin Distillery is located in Summerhall and is the first gin distillery to have been established in Edinburgh for more than 150 years. A behind the scenes tour is conducted every afternoon at varying times. You can even sample the gin at different stages of the distilling process. The tour costs £10 and lasts just under an hour. Once you have finished your visit you might want to go next door to the Royal Dick pub where they Pickering’s Gin on tap with a direct line from the distillery.
This museum looking at life for the upper classes in 17th century Edinburgh is located on Lawn Market. It was formerly the home of a wealthy merchant and landlord called Thomas Gladstone. Several rooms are now restored to how they might have looked in the 17th century. They are a stark reminder of the cramped conditions of high rise tenement buildings with low ceilings, narrow and winding staircases along with tiny windows. During July and August on Saturday afternoons costumed guides bring this attraction to life with re-enactments of 17th century life.
Lauriston Castle
Lauriston Castle, on Cramond Road South in the north of the city was gifted to Scotland by its last owner Mrs. Reid. The interior remains as it was from that time in 1926. Mrs. Reid’s husband, WR Reid carefully decorated the castle using Italian furniture, wool mosaics and several beautiful ornaments. Taking a guided tour is the only way to visit the building. The gardens were originally created in 1840 and have views across the Firth of Forth and to Cramond Island.