Visit the Royal Palace in Edinburgh

If you want a royal taste of history, then we’ve got the perfect activity to add to your stack. The Palace of Holyrood House, the Queen’s official residence in Edinburgh and host to years of Scottish royal history, makes a great day out with family or friends in Edinburgh.

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At the end of Edinburgh's famous Royal Mile stands Holyrood Palace, home to some of Edinburgh's most fascinating history.

Holyrood Abbey, the ruins that stand next to the palace, was founded by David I of Scotland in 1128 according to legend. The Palace has been host to many famous historical figures, including Mary The Queen of Scots. In the palace, you can experience nearly 10 centuries of history. You’ll admire 14 grand historic residences and the beautiful royal gardens, take in the artwork at the Great Gallery and see the Throne Room which still hosts Royal occasions and events, all guided by your complimentary tour that is available in 12 different languages. The Palace holds public events, such as St. Andrew’s Day celebrations and Christmas-themed decoration displays. At the time of writing, there is a special display to commemorate the life of Prince Phillip, which is included in general admission.

If you’re feeling hungry, dine like royalty at the café which locally produced food. If you want something to commemorate your visit, you can take something home from the Royal Collection shop too.

  • The Palace is open to visitors from Thursday to Monday.
  • Adult admission is £16.50, student/over 60 is £14.90, under 17’s is £9.50, while under 5’s go free.
  • Family tickets (2 adults, 3 under 17’s) can be purchased for £42.50.
  • Opening times differ April-October 9:30 – 18:00, while November-March 9:30 16:30.
  • The Queen’s Gallery is located in front of the Palace which is also worth a visit.

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