Holyrood Week

'Holyrood Week', or 'Royal Week' as it is known in Scotland, is when The Queen spends a week visiting various regions in Scotland from the end of June to the beginning of July.

Opening Times

The Palace of Holyroodhouse is open daily throughout the year, with a few exceptions when it is in use for official functions.

Winter Opening: November - March
Open daily, 09.30 - 16.30 (last admission 15.15)

Summer Opening: April - October
Open daily, 09.30 - 18:00 (last admission 16:30)

Please note that the Palace will be closed on the 25 - 26 December 2019

As a working palace opening arrangements for Holyroodhouse are subject to change at short notice. Please check before planning a visit.

Note: Your visit includes airport-style security checks as part of admission. Please arrive with as few bags and bulky items as possible.

Note: Royal Edinburgh Pass includes admission to the Palace of Holyroodhouse.

Visiting Edinburgh

Who hasn't dreamt of visiting Scotland and its famous and beautiful landscapes?

Edinburgh should be on your bucket list, if you decide to travel north of the border and is only 4 hours from London by train.

Steeped in history packed with things to see and do a city break in Edinburgh might turn into the icing on the cake of your trip to Britain.

Royal Edinburgh Ticket

The Royal Edinburgh Ticket includes:

  • Edinburgh Castle – Scotland’s most popular attraction, with 1,000 years of history and great views of the city
  • Palace of Holyroodhouse – The Queen’s official Scottish residence and a glorious regal palace
  • Royal Yacht Britannia – Take a fascinating and intimate tour of the ship, officially owned by the Royal Family 
  • Hop-on hop-off bus tour – 48 hours of unlimited use of all three city tours to see all the sights

Pass valid for 48 hours from first use, so no need to rush your visits to any of the attraction


Royal Yacht Britannia

The Royal Yacht Brittania

The Royal Yacht Britannia was home to Her Majesty The Queen and the Royal Family for over 40 years, sailing over 1,000,000 miles around the world. Now berthed in Edinburgh, you can follow in the footsteps of Royalty to discover the heart and soul of this most special of Royal residences.


Edinburgh By Train

 Take the train from London to Edinburgh, stopping off in historic cities like York, Newcastle, and Durham, before heading out into the extraordinary highlands of Scotland.


More Palaces and Castles to Visit

More Royal Palaces and Castles in the UK you can visit and experience first hand the rich history of some of the of the world's most iconic buildings.

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