Palace Of Holyroodhouse


Edinburgh Travel Guide to the Palace of Holyroodhouse.  Everything you need to know to visit this iconic site which is the official residence of the British Monarch in Scotland.

Palace of holyroodhouse Cannongate Edinburgh EH8 8DX

Holyrood Palace is situated at the very bottom of the Royal mile the official residence in Scotland for The Queen and the late Duke of Edinburgh. It was the main residence of Mary Queen of Scots too. A lot of the Palace is open to the public and the tour allows you to walk through and take a look. Most rooms have sections roped off but you can see everything ok. You can look at the Throne Room and the Morning Drawing Room used by the Queen for private audiences. The Queen and Duke of Edinburgh still stay here at different times of the year. You can view the Chambers of Mary Queen of Scots which is set up as it was in 1561. The Queens Gallery has changing exhibitions from the Royal Collection so check out what the latest is if you intend to visit. The gardens and Abbey ruins are worth a walk and my favorite part of the tour.  Holyrood Abbey was once one of the grandest medieval abbeys in Scotland.









Legend has it that in 1127, while King David I was hunting in the forests to the east of Edinburgh during the Feast of the Cross, he was thrown from his horse after it had been startled. The king was saved from being gored by the charging animal when it was startled either by the miraculous appearance of a holy cross descending from the skies or by sunlight reflected from a crucifix which suddenly appeared between the hart's antlers while the king attempted to grasp them in self-defense. As an act of thanksgiving for his escape, David 1 founded Holyrood Abbey on the site in 1128.

In 1326 Robert the Bruce held a parliament here, and there is evidence that Holyrood was being used as a royal residence by 1329.

Holyrood Abbey was the site of the coronations of James II in 1437, Margaret Tudor in 1504, Mary of Guise in 1540, Anne of Denmark in 1590, and Charles I in 1633. It was used as the parish church until the 17th century however sadly has been ruined since the 18th century. There are guided tours of the Abbey daily.  The Palace gardens are stunning, with 4 hectares of meticulously manicured lawns and garden beds full of color. You can access both the Abbey and the gardens with a standard admission ticket.  There is a souvenir shop and a lovely cafe - Cafe at the Palace.


  • Adult  £16.50                       
  • Over 60 £14.90.
  • Students  £14.90.
  • Under 17/Disabled £9.50
  • Under 5 Free
  • Family (2 adults and 3 under 17's)£42.50
  • You can purchase a combined ticket which includes admission to the Palace of Holyroodhouse and the current exhibition for about £5.00 extra.


  • The Palace of Holyrood House is closed on Tuesdays and Wednesdays
  • Opening times vary depending on the time of the year.     
  • 1 November - 31 March open 9.30 am and last admission 15.00. Close is 4 pm 
  • 1 April - 31 October -open 09:30, last admission 16.30 & close 18.00       
  • Palace closures As the Palace of Holyroodhouse is a working royal palace, sometimes closures can happen at short notice.      


ON FOOT It's at the very bottom of the Royal Mile.

CAR - There is a public car park adjacent to the Palace at Broad Pavement. Please visit the Historic Environment Scotland website for more details. Accessible parking spaces are located on Horse Wynd, just outside the Palace, on a first-come-first-serve basis.

TRAIN Edinburgh Waverley. The Palace is a 15-minute walk from the station. Visit National Rail Enquiries for times and fares.

TRAM -The nearest tram stop is York Place. The Palace is a 20 min walk from the station. Visit Edinburgh Trams for times and fares.

COACH/BUS - Bus numbers 6 and 35 stop near the Palace. Open-top tour buses stop nearby. Limited free coach parking is available adjacent to the Palace. Alternatively, pay-and-display coach parking is available on nearby Regent Road.

HOP ON HOP OFF BUS - Stops at the Palace


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