Finish your stroll down Edinburgh's Royal Mile by touring the stately Scottish residence of the British monarch, Palace of Holyroodhouse. The palace's founding dates back to the establishment of Holyrood Abbey in 1128, and the King and Queen of Scots resided here from the 15th century onward. Inside you'll see the state apartments, which contain one of the world's largest collections of Brussels tapestries and numerous other works of art. You'll also enter Mary, Queen of Scots’ chambers, where the famous and ill-fated queen slept and devoutly practiced her Catholic faith. If you visit in summer, your ticket price includes a tour of the abbey, or use a complimentary audio guide as you walk through the palace. Before you leave, have your ticket stamped to receive a year of free admission. Add Palace of Holyroodhouse to your Edinburgh travel itinerary, and discover new vacation ideas by using our Edinburgh online journey planner.
Tours to Palace of Holyroodhouse
$530 BOOK WITH VIATOR The Royal Military Tattoo Edinburgh City Tour Rosslyn Chapel and Dinner
Duration: 12 hours
Palace of Holyroodhouse reviews
thoroughly enjoyed the audio tour round the palace. feels quite intimate and mary queen of scots chambers up some steep spiral stairs are fun. and the blood on the floor where someone was murdered..... more »
Recommend going early in the morning to avoid long queues. You get the option of a guided tour with headphones and a tablet that plays videos and tells/shows the story of each room. (Recommend... more »
Great history here. Beautiful garden areas and Abbey. You get to visit several rooms inside the house as well, which was very pleasant. Audio guide book is helpful. Worth a visit if you are in the area. Handy car park to the back which then leads up to Arthur's Chair and a beautiful country walk. 10/10
A beautiful palace to visit. There are plenty interesting facts you get to hear through the audio guide, and you can see the palace relatively fast. A fun fact is that Queen Elisabeth takes residence for about a week in the palace, every year. The location is close to one end of the Royal Mile, which is nice to combine with your visit to the palace.
Plan your trip to Edinburgh
Get a personalized tripA complete day by day itinerary
based on your preferences
Customize itRefine your trip. We'll find the
best routes and schedules
Book itChoose from the best hotels
and activities. Up to 50% off
Manage itEverything in one place.
Everyone on the same page.
Popular things to do in Edinburgh
Historic Sites in Edinburgh
Side trips from Edinburgh
Hidden gems in Edinburgh
Shopping in Edinburgh
Nearby attractions in Edinburgh
Trips to Palace of Holyroodhouse by other users
6 days in United Kingdom BY A USER FROM UNITED KINGDOM London Edinburgh 5 days in Glasgow & Edinburgh BY A USER FROM UNITED KINGDOM Glasgow Edinburgh 14 days in England & Scotland BY A USER FROM UNITED STATES York Whitby Inverness 9 days in Scotland BY A USER FROM UNITED KINGDOM Edinburgh Inverness Glencoe 9 days in United Kingdom BY A USER FROM UNITED KINGDOM London Edinburgh Bath 15 days in United Kingdom BY A USER FROM UNITED KINGDOM Market Rasen Skegness Grimsby