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Palace of Holyrood House

Founded as a monastery in 1128, the Palace of Holyroodhouse is The Queen’s official residence in Scotland. Situated at the end of the Royal Mile, the Palace of Holyroodhouse is closely associated with Scotland’s turbulent past, including Mary, Queen of Scots, who lived here between 1561 and 1567. Successive kings and queens have made the Palace of Holyroodhouse the premier royal residence in Scotland.  Today, the Palace is the setting for State ceremonies and official entertaining. During The Queen’s Holyrood week, which usually runs from the end of June to the beginning of July.

When the Queen is not in residence, the Palace is open to visitors and is a popular tourist and cultural attraction.  Audio tours guide you around the palace, these include a descriptive tour.  Alternatively scripts are available to read the information.

There are 27 steps in the Great Staircase. Visitors who require step-free access should speak to a Warden on duty.  There is no wheelchair access to Mary, Queen of Scots’ Chambers, which are accessed via a steep spiral staircase consisting of 25 steps. A virtual tour is available using the e-Gallery computer terminal, located just off the Great Gallery.

Phone number:
0131 556 5100
learning@royal collection.org.uk
Contact for bookings:
0303 123 7323
Discount information:
Admission £12, concessions £7.20 All visitors who require an access companion receive a complimentary ticket.

Euan's Guide web page for Palace of Holyrood House

Audio Tour

Audio Tour Information
Audio tours in a range of languages, including a descriptive tour.
The equipment is T-coil compatible
Scripts available to read
Gallery access resources information
BSL Interpreted guided tours run on selected dates. Please contact the Learning Bookings team (+44) (0)20 7766 7323, or e-mail learning@royalcollection.org.uk for details.

Hearing System

Type of Hearing System
Ticket sales desks, shop till counters and the audio tour collection and return points are equipped with induction. Guides are T-coil compatible. A portable fm loop can be booked for group tours.
Holyrood Palace and fountain in the forecourt.

Forthcoming Events

October 2019

Mary, Queen of Scots

Tour of the monarch’s historic apartments

Includes British Sign Language