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.