Palace of Holyroodhouse

The Palace of Holyroodhouse, which stands at the end of Edinburgh's Royal Mile, is open to visitors throughout the year.

The palace is used by The Queen when carrying out official engagements in Scotland has close ties with some of Scotland’s most well-known historic figures including Mary, Queen of Scots and Bonnie Prince Charlie.

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What you will see

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Opening Times

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

  • November - March: Open daily, 09.30 - 16.30 (last admission 15.15)
  • April - October: Open daily, 09.30 - 18:00 (last admission 16:30)

Please note that the Palace will be closed on the following dates:

  • 15-26 May 2018
  • 26 June - 7 July 2018
  • 25 - 26 December 2018


The gardens will be closed on 1 June 2018 (last admission 13;00)
As a working Palace of Holyroodhouse opening arrangements are subject to change at short notice. Please check before planning a visit.

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

Visiting Edinburgh

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

Edinburgh should in your bucket list if you decide to travel north 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.

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