The Palace of Holyroodhouse ( or ), commonly referred to as Holyrood Palace or Holyroodhouse, is the official residence of the British monarch in Scotland. Located at the bottom of the Royal Mile in Edinburgh, at the opposite end to Edinburgh Castle, Holyroodhouse has served as the principal royal residence in Scotland since the 16th century, and is a setting for state occasions and official entertaining.
Queen Elizabeth II spends one week in residence at Holyroodhouse at the beginning of each summer, where she carries out a range of official engagements and ceremonies. The 16th-century historic apartments of Mary, Queen of Scots, and the State Apartments, used for official and state entertaining, are open to the public throughout the year, except when members of the Royal Family are in residence. The Queen's Gallery was built at the western entrance to the Palace of Holyroodhouse and opened in 2002 to exhibit works of art from the Royal Collection. The gardens of the palace are set within Holyrood Park.
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Mike Gaskin | Feb 22, 2018
The Palace & gardens are well worth a visit, full of history. The tickets give you unlimited access for a year so could be good value if you intend to return. The Queen's gallery had a very interesting display of exquisite Indian craftsmanship, gifts to the Prince of Wales during his tour in 1876. Indian dancing live display set the scene nicely.
Belle Smith | Dec 27, 2017
This was really fun. Sadly the garden isn't open in winter (except weekends with nice weather). The palace is beautiful and I enjoyed the audio tour. Bonus, at the end of the tour you can ask to have tour ticked converted into am annual pass for free! Just sign it and have the guard stamp it. So if you get the combo palace and gallery ticket, you can have unlimited gallery and palace tours all year. Which makes it a great deal. Cute gift shop with fun Christmas ornaments and stuff.
Audrey Stachmus | Jan 8, 2018
One of my favorite places we visited in Edinburgh! The palace is beautiful with so much interesting history. The audio tour is very well done with easy to follow directions. I especially liked that the audio tour gave additional information on certain rooms if you wanted to listen, but it was optional if you were running short on time. The story of Mary, Queen of Scots was particularly interesting. I also loved seeing the Christmas decorations and the different colored uplighting on the exterior of the palace.
Rachel Vlastuin | Feb 10, 2018
An included audio guide helps to make the most of the palace as you walk through. It is a little less impressive than other palaces I've been toured inside, and is kept a bit too dark I thought. But the rooms are beautiful, the ruins of the Abbey are probably a highlight and it was nice to walk through the gardens.
John Allan | Feb 24, 2018
Amazing looking Palace. Inside and even walking inside the building and the realy amazing beautiful Gardens aswell. I'm so Proud to LIVE IN THIS CITY. Edinburgh is were my HEART and SOUL will live and die. I'm going to go now. Best wishes to all today. Have a great weekend.
John Angus | Mar 28, 2018
Great place to visit wet or dry. Get your ticket stamped at the gift shop and you can return again within the next 12 months. Be aware that sections or all the of the Palace can be closed due to other events being staged. The web site gives closure dates but i found it yo be incorrect only when i arrived. Very limited car parking but a coach park is near by. If travelling to Edinburgh by train book the cheap Bus ticket which gives unlimited travel for 24 hours on Edinburgh Transport.
vijesh bhute | Mar 16, 2018
The palace is nice and good for some history enthusiasts but as a tourist, I saw very similar features including painting and decor in Edinburgh castle (where you are allowed to take pictures! unlike here). So if you are running short on time, I would recommend Edinburgh castle.
Kate Wilson | Apr 19, 2018
I really liked having a good ol' Snoop at the Queen's digs! So fun to imagine what royal life was like. The self directed audio tour was informative, loved the optional extras and going at my own pace. It also kept everything quiet.
Leslie Battell | Apr 12, 2018
Didn't really know what to expect but really enjoyed this. There is a museum display area for the amazing gifts Prince Albert received on his trip to India. There is a gift shop. A lovely little cafe. And then there is the Palace itself. The audio guide is excellent. The room's uses and history are explained. You get to see Mary Queen of Scots bed chamber. Art. Tapestries. A walk through the Abbey ruins. It was really interesting.
Jasmine Henry | Apr 24, 2018
The palace of holyroodhouse is a very popular tourist attraction in Edinburgh because of its rich and interestimg history. The Queen also visits Holyroodhouse several times a year which means that it offers you a chance to look at how the monarchy lives now. You can find out how the Queen likes her place setting, why certain rooms are designs the way that they are and how they've changed. The staff are also reasonably friendly and are very happy to tell you more about the palace. Now photos are allowed in the palace itself so do be aware of that if you're planning to capture your visit, but photos are allowed on the grounds and you can also get a fantastic view of Arthur's Seat and this gives you a good chance to flex your photography skills.
Joey Hinton | Apr 27, 2018
I enjoyed seeing all the rooms filled with classic tapestries and furniture, but the abbey remains were my favorite part of the tour. Luckily we had great weather and were able to enjoy walking around the grounds.
Kate Spencer | May 17, 2018
Enjoyed the Palace very much. Not too big to get around. All of the staff are very knowledgeable. Well worth a visit and a nice cafe to finish off your trip.
Sal Oliveri | May 20, 2018
Beautiful palace and grounds. The audio tour is very informative and keeps things quiet and nicely paced, as visitors are listening to the audio device. The ruined abbey was amazing, but there was some ongoing restoration work with scaffolding in some areas. Definitely worth a visit!
Les McLaren | May 20, 2018
Sunday May 20 2018. Closed May 15 to May 26 owing to an "offical" resident. First we find out about this is when we get there. Had Checked out opening times on what looks like the main site on Google. Showed as 6pm. No mention of closure. Apparently we are supposed be intuitive enough to click on the web link where the closure information is not even clear on this site until you go to a "closure dates" link. Very poor and detrimental to Edinburgh as a tourist attraction.
Jack Knight | May 21, 2018
Staff highly trained and polite. Do not hesitate to ask for further information about the halls or the painting, the security is well prepared to answer and to give you extra tips about the museum. I liked both the palace and the garden.
Gauifaleai Tuisamoa | Jul 7, 2018
Superb feature of Scotland and a must see. I really enjoyed this self guided tour and it was heartbreaking to hear some of the history that had gone on there but super interesting as well.The grounds are supremely manicured and great attention has been given to the palace to stay authentic. It's beautiful. There are buses that can take you to the Palace but it's faster to walk there to be honest.
Jane Baines | Jul 6, 2018
Fascinating place to visit.Building spans several centuries. Mary Queen of Scots history really interesting as are the jewelry collections. Beautiful grounds to explore with grand views of Arthur's Seat. Next to the Parliament snd Dynamic Earth so plenty to visit.
Seren KÜNER | Jun 19, 2018
There was an enormous line at the ticket office and it was our last day as tourist we lost more than an hour waiting, after that we bought the tickets online only to learn that we still had to wait the line and had them printed out so we waited another hour. I do not think that it suits UK and what the palace represents to have people wait for hours. I was disappointed. I also do not find the audio guide efficient as it takes too much time to load and is too long to listen to. I'd rather read them or have the officers tell them with their own commentary, it would feel much more authentic. The Gardens were lovely but again we didn't get to enjoy it much since we lost too much time trying to get it.
Ayesha Shah | Jul 10, 2018
Really cute and exciting palace to visit in Edinburgh. It’s a live palace with ruins at the back. The palace also has a super pretty cafe with indoor as well as outdoor seating! The washrooms are clean as well, and the palace is walking distance from Arthur’s seat!
Govind Maheshwari | Aug 5, 2018
Nice tour of the Scottish residence of the queen. Got a glimpse of the history along with the taste of some contemporary setup at the Queen's dining room. 14 different rooms meant for different purposes..... From official meetings, to casual tea sessions, to some award giving ceremonies and more. You are provided a free audio guide which gives you details of each room and all the exhibits. Photography is not allowed on the 1st & the 2nd floor inside the palace.
Arlene Clemena | Jul 28, 2018
I like visited old homes/mansions/palaces/castles. Buy and print your ticket before you arrive. You can go straight to the entrance and grab your audio guide on your way in. No pictures allowed inside. I went solo and spent about an hour following the audio guide. You can be in and out much faster if you don't follow it. There is a cafe at the entrance.
Bill Allan | Aug 14, 2018
Another place that you cannot miss if you're going to Edinburgh. This is the real deal - the Queen comes here the first week in July every year to conduct her business. The guided audio tour is great. Take your time and really absorb the history, art, architecture, and furnishings.
Danielle Tomassini | Aug 3, 2018
Worthwhile visit to a palace the Queen still uses. You're not able to take pictures inside, but there is a lot of history and beautiful rooms. Definitely take a walk through the gardens afterwards. It's not expansive and can be a quick walk around but worth it.
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