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Palace of Holyroodhouse Entrance Tickets with Multimedia Guide

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  • Discover the secrets of the Palace of Holyroodhouse as you explore the official residence of His Majesty The King in Scotland.
  • Walk through the majestic structure that is used by His Majesty for State ceremonies and official entertaining.
  • See the Historic Apartments of Mary, Queen of Scots which witnessed many dramatic episodes during her turbulent reign.
  • Admire works of art from the Royal Collection in the State Apartments, whose decor reflects the changing tastes of the successive monarchs.
  • Discover the ruins of Holyrood Abbey and marvel at the beauty of the Palace's unique gardens.
  • Sample homemade dishes made from locally sourced produce at the Café at the Palace, at your own expense.
  • Use the complimentary multimedia guide to better understand your surroundings steeped in history.
  • The guide lasts approximately one hour, after which you can continue to explore the Palace at leisure.
  • Discover the secrets of the Palace of Holyroodhouse as you explore the official residence of His Majesty The King in Scotland.
  • Walk through the majestic structure that is used by His Majesty for State ceremonies and official entertaining.
  • See the Historic Apartments of Mary, Queen of Scots which witnessed many dramatic episodes during her turbulent reign.
  • Admire works of art from the Royal Collection in the State Apartments, whose decor reflects the changing tastes of the successive monarchs.
  • Discover the ruins of Holyrood Abbey and marvel at the beauty of the Palace's unique gardens.
  • Sample homemade dishes made from locally sourced produce at the Café at the Palace, at your own expense.
  • Use the complimentary multimedia guide to better understand your surroundings steeped in history.
  • The guide lasts approximately one hour, after which you can continue to explore the Palace at leisure.

Inclusions

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

Exclusions

  • Tour guide
  • Hotel transfers
  • Food and drinks
  • The multimedia guide is available in English, Gaelic, French, German, Spanish, Italian, Japanese, Brazilian Portuguese, Russian, Mandarin, and British Sign Language.
  • As the Palace of Holyroodhouse is a working royal palace, security and opening arrangements may be subject to change at short notice.
  • These tickets can't be cancelled or rescheduled.
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48-Hour Hop-On Hop-Off Tour of Edinburgh with Entry to 3 Royal Attractions

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You can cancel these tickets up to 24 hours before the experience begins and get a full refund.

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  • Grab a 48-hour hop-on hop-off pass and explore Edinburgh's iconic sights hassle-free.
  • Choose from 3 vibrant routes: Red, Green, or Blue, scheduled every 30 mins and each route packed with 14-15 stops.
  • But wait, there's more! Your pass offers tickets to iconic landmarks like Edinburgh Castle, The Royal Yacht Britannia, and Palace of Holyroodhouse.
  • Hop aboard comfy buses equipped with audio guides in multiple languages, or lively English commentary from expert guides, depending on your route.
  • The most popular stops on your HOHO route include the Royal Mile, Grassmarket, Scottish Parliament, and so much more.
  • Grab a 48-hour hop-on hop-off pass and explore Edinburgh's iconic sights hassle-free.
  • Choose from 3 vibrant routes: Red, Green, or Blue, scheduled every 30 mins and each route packed with 14-15 stops.
  • But wait, there's more! Your pass offers tickets to iconic landmarks like Edinburgh Castle, The Royal Yacht Britannia, and Palace of Holyroodhouse.
  • Hop aboard comfy buses equipped with audio guides in multiple languages, or lively English commentary from expert guides, depending on your route.
  • The most popular stops on your HOHO route include the Royal Mile, Grassmarket, Scottish Parliament, and so much more.

Inclusions

  • 48-hour hop-on hop-off bus pass
  • Access to 3 routes
  • Entry to Edinburgh Castle
  • Entry to Royal Yacht Britannia
  • Entry to Palace of Holyroodhouse
  • Audio guide in English, French, Spanish, Italian, German, Japanese, Russian, Chinese, Scottish & Portuguese (Red & Blue Routes)
  • English-speaking guide (Green Route)
  • Headphones (Blue Route)

Red Route

  • First bus: 9am from stop #1 (Waterloo Place)
  • Last bus: 4pm from stop #1 (Waterloo Place)
  • Frequency: 30 mins
  • Popular stops: National Museum of Scotland, Lawn Market, Scottish Parliament

Green Route

  • First bus: 9:06am from stop #1 (Waterloo Place)
  • Last bus: 3:40pm from stop #1 (Waterloo Place)
  • Frequency: 30 mins
  • Popular stops: Edinburgh Castle, Scottish Parliament, Palace of Holyroodhouse

Blue Route

  • First bus: 9:20am from stop #1 (Waterloo Place)
  • Last bus: 3:50pm from stop #1 (Waterloo Place)
  • Frequency: 30 mins
  • Popular stops: Royal Botanic Garden Edinburgh, Palace of Holyroodhouse, Meville Monument

Please click here for detailed route maps and boarding points.

  • Tip: Don't miss the Honours of Scotland exhibition at Edinburgh Castle, showcasing the oldest Crown jewels in the British Isles!
  • Disabled guests are welcome as the buses are wheelchair and class 2 mobility scooter accessible.
  • Screens are conveniently available on the buses.
  • Your dogs and assistance dogs are welcome on the buses.
  • Note that the ticket lets you visit Edinburgh Castle and Royal Yacht Britannia within 48 hours. If you need to visit the Palace of Holyroodhouse outside of that timeframe, your ticket will still be valid.
  • Children up to and including 15 must be accompanied by an adult or senior citizen.
  • You can cancel these tickets up to 24 hours before the experience begins and get a full refund.
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Holyroodhouse Palace | Historic Royal Residence in Scotland

Discover Edinburgh's rich heritage and architectural marvels, where history echoes through battlefields, forts, and the revered Palace of Holyroodhouse. As a symbol of grandeur and intrigue, this historic palace at the Royal Mile's end invites you to relive the past. Plan your visit for an unforgettable journey into history.

Why Visit the Palace of Holyroodhouse?

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  • Regal Residence and History: Set in the heart of the Scottish capital Edinburgh, the Palace of Holyroodhouse is famous for being the Queen's official residence. 
  • Awe-Inspiring Attractions: The Holyroodhouse Palace attracts thousands of visitors for its magnificent history, romantic ruins from the 12th century, royal gardens, portraits, and architecture. 
  • Mary, Queen of Scots: The palace is known for the Queen of Scots Mary and the dramatic history during her turbulent reign. 
  • Natural Beauty and Heritage: Located in the beautiful city of Scotland, the palace offers the spectacular backdrop of Arthur's Seat. 
  • Intriguing Interiors: Visit the spiral staircase and the room where Queen’s secretary was murdered. 
  • Royal Artistry: Stroll through the “Great Gallery”, which houses 110 portraits of Scotland’s Monarchs for visitors.
  • Timeless Exploration: Roam around the State Apartments, and take a visit through the romantic ruins of the 12th-century Holyrood Abbey and royal gardens.

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State Apartments

The State Apartments are known for its marvelous ceilings and art collection. Admire the beautiful plasterwork ceilings and collection of French and Flemish tapestries. Watch the changing tastes of successive monarchs as you walk through the Palace. Admire the architecture and rooms as they get bigger and bigger until you reach the King's Bedchamber.

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Royal Dining Room

As its name suggests, the Royal Dining Room was used as a dining room by Queen Elizabeth II and members of the Royal Family. Watch the silver banqueting service on display that was represented on the Silver Jubilee of King George V and Queen Mary in 1935. The service was made in the Scottish style from the 17th century.

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Throne Room & The Privy Chamber

The Throne Room is known for being a major and famous room of the palace. The room was used by Queen Elizabeth II to host lunch. She used to host lunch for the Knights and Ladies in the Throne Room. The Privy Chamber was used for private audiences of Charles II in the late 1600s.

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Queen Mary’s Chambers

Queen Mary’s Chambers is known for being one of the most famous monarchs and for its dramatic history. She lived in the chambers between 1561-1567. On the north side after the stairs visit the Bedchamber, Supper Room, and Outer Chamber. Witness the intrigue, tragedy, and murder at Supper Room where Lord Darnley murdered Queen Mary’s private secretary, David Rizzio.

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Holyrood Abbey

Located next to the Palace of Holyroodhouse, Holyrood Abbey is known for once being one of the grandest medieval abbeys in Scotland. Discover the dramatic history, myth, stories, and legend surroundings which contain the remains of James V. Admire the magnificent building architecture with Romanesque arcading, Gothic windows, and vaulted ceiling. 

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Palace Gardens

Spread in the beautiful 4-hectare area, the Palace Gardens are set against the panoramic backdrop of Arthur’s Seat. The Jubilee Border, the Wentworth Elm, and a sundial made for Charles I’s Scottish coronation in 1633 are the highlights of the garden. Queen Elizabeth used to host her summer annual Garden Party at the Palace gardens.

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The Great Gallery

Filled with the portraits of 95 kings and one queen, the Great Gallery is the largest room in the palace. The gallery shows portraits of real and legendary kings of Scotland. Admire the history of the Stuart dynasty and the legendary founder of Scotland in c.330 BC. Watch paintings of Macbeth, King of Scots, Queen Mary, and Robert the Bruce. 

Plan Your Visit To the Palace of Holyroodhouse

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  • Pushchairs are allowed inside the Palace with Palace of Holyroodhouse tickets. However, during rush hours you may not find one. 
  • Commercial photography is not allowed inside the Holyroodhouse Palace. However, visitors are allowed to take photography for personal use.
  • Visitors are advised to carry a water bottle and wear comfortable clothes and shoes. 
  • Free baby carriers and hip seats are available depending on the subject to availability.
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  • Our Dynamic Earth: Go on embarking on the interactive adventure of a lifetime at Dynamic Earth. Experience the forces of nature as they shaped our planet, go on a time journey in a Deep Time Machine, and watch the Big Bang. Fly high above ice-cold glaciers, learn marine science, and dive deep into the sea.
  • The People's Story Museum: The People's Story Museum is famous for showing the life of the people of the 18th century to the late 20th century. Get a unique insight into Edinburgh's fascinating history, culture, crafts, and trades through tableaux, original objects, images, and interesting stories. Watch collections from street protests, and social, and political movements.
  • Calton Hill: Calton Hill is known for offering a bird’s eye view of the city's famous landmarks such as Arthur’s Seat, Holyrood Palace, the Parliament, Leith and the Firth of Forth, and much more. This is the best place to watch Hogmanay fireworks and many festival events. The place also shows the history of monuments.
  • Visitor Center: A dedicated visitor center provides essential information, maps, and assistance for planning your visit.
  • Café and Restaurant: Enjoy refreshments or a meal at the on-site café and restaurant, offering a selection of snacks, beverages, and dining options.
  • Gift Shop: Explore a gift shop where you can find a variety of souvenirs, books, and items inspired by the palace and its history.
  • Restrooms: Access well-maintained restroom facilities for your convenience throughout the palace.
  • Guided Tours: Join guided tours led by knowledgeable guides who share insights and stories about the palace's history and significance.
  • Exhibition Spaces: Explore various exhibition spaces that showcase the palace's history, art, and the lives of its inhabitants.
  • Wi-Fi: Stay connected with complimentary Wi-Fi available within designated areas.
  • The Café at the Palace: This on-site café offers a selection of light meals, snacks, and beverages, providing a convenient option for a quick bite during your visit.
  • Papii Café: A short walk from the palace, Papii Café offers a variety of Scottish and European dishes in a cozy and welcoming atmosphere.
  • Wedgwood the Restaurant: Located a bit further away, this restaurant offers a refined dining experience with a focus on Scottish cuisine, using locally sourced ingredients.
  • Whiski Rooms: Combining a restaurant, bar, and whisky shop, Whiski Rooms provides a taste of Scottish cuisine alongside an extensive selection of whiskies.
  • The Doric: Situated near the palace, The Doric offers traditional Scottish fare in a historic setting, with elegant interiors and a wide-ranging menu.

Budget Hotels: Destiny Student, A&O Hostel Edinburgh City, Royal Mile Backpackers

High-End Hotels: The Balmoral, The Principal Edinburgh George Street, The Caledonian

Mid-Range Hotels: The Inn on the Mile, The Apex City Centre Hotel, The Edinburgh Grand

Visitor Tips

  • Visitors are advised to wear comfortable clothing and shoes. 
  • For visitors who are visiting with family, baby-care facilities are available at the Cafe. 
  • Visitors can borrow free baby carriers and hip seats depending on availability. 
  • If you want, audio guides are available in 11 different languages. The audio guide comes in 11 languages including English, French, German, Spanish, Russian, Chinese, Italian, and Japanese.
  • Visitors can try homemade snacks at a cafe at the Palace in the Mews Courtyard. Pastries, cakes, and sandwiches with tea are must-try at the cafe 
  • Visitors can take photos or film for non-commercial purposes. 
  • Manual wheelchairs and rollators are available free of charge depending on the subject to availability. 
  • Free toilets are located in the cafe for visitors.

Frequently Asked Questions About Palace of Holyroodhouse Tickets

Where can I buy Palace of Holyroodhouse tickets?

You can buy Holyroodhouse Palace tickets online.

Can I buy Palace of Holyroodhouse tickets online?

Yes, you can book Holyroodhouse Palace tickets online.

What is the cost of Palace of Holyroodhouse tickets?

Cost of Holyroodhouse Palace tickets depends on what type of ticket you are choosing. However, you can book Palace of Holyroodhouse entrance tickets for £17.50.

Can I get a discount on Palace of Holyroodhouse tickets?

Yes, book your Holyroodhouse Palace tickets online to get discounts and offers.

What is the Palace of Holyroodhouse?

The Holyroodhouse Palace is a famous palace in Scotland that is known for its rich history. The palace got famous when Queen’s personal secretary got murdered there by King. The palace is also famous for its royal gardens, portraits, and architecture.

How can I get access to the Palace of Holyroodhouse?

Book your Palace of Holyroodhouse ticket to get access to the palace.

Where is the Palace of Holyroodhouse located?

The Palace of Holyroodhouse is set in the famous city of Scotland, Canongate, Edinburgh in the United Kingdom.

What are some of the highlights of the Palace of Holyroodhouse?

Queen Mary’s Chambers, the Great Gallery (the largest room), the Queen's Gallery with various paintings, and State Apartments are some highlights of the Palace of Holyroodhouse.

How to reach the Palace of Holyroodhouse?

You can easily reach Holyroodhouse Palace by train, tram, bus, or personal taxi.

What are the timings of the Palace of Holyroodhouse?

The timings of the Palace of Holyroodhouse from 1 April to 31 October is 9:30 am to 06.00 pm (last admission at 04:30 pm). From 1 November to 31 March 09:30 am to 04.30 pm (last admission at 03.15 pm).

What facilities are available in the Palace of Holyroodhouse?

The Holyroodhouse offers a cafe, shop, multimedia audio guide, free Pushchairs (subject to availability), toilets, and baby-care facilities for visitors.

Is the Palace of Holyroodhouse wheelchair accessible?

Yes, Holyroodhouse Palace is wheelchair accessible. However, some parts and stairs are not wheelchair friendly.

Is photography allowed in the Palace of Holyroodhouse?

Yes, visitors can take photographs inside the Holyroodhouse Palace. If you want to do commercial photography, you will require a prior request.

Is it worth visiting the Palace of Holyroodhouse?

Yes, the Holyroodhouse Palace is known for its architecture, royal gardens, and dramatic history. The historic Apartments of Mary Queen of Scots, the Great Gallery, Holyrood Abbey, and the Palace's unique gardens are not to be missed.