Palace Of Holyroodhouse Edinburgh

Palace Of Holyroodhouse Edinburgh

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The Palace of Holyroodhouse, 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.

Palace of Holyrood House, Edinburgh

No trip to Edinburgh would be complete without a visit to the Palace of Holyrood house. Set amid splendid gardens at the foot of Edinburgh’s Royal Mile, the Palace of Holyrood House is the official Scottish residence of the British royals, The palace is also best known as the home of Mary, Queen of Scots.

Highlights of the Palace of Holyrood

  • Explore 14 grand historic and state apartments, the magnificent royal gardens, and the historic 12th-century ruins of Holyrood Abbey.
  • The Mary, Queen of Scots’s Chambers is one of the most sought-after highlights of the palace owing to its dark history. This is one of the oldest sections of the palace as this is the place where David Rizzo, Mary’s secretary was brutally stabbed to death by her jealous husband and a group of Scottish lords. Rumour has it that Rizzo’s bloodstains have formed a permanent impression on the floor of the outer chamber where he was left for all to see.
  • The Great Gallery is the largest room in the palace and is still used by The Queen for hosting dinners, receptions, and state banquets. The room features 95 portraits of kings and one queen of Scotland.
  • The State apartments are located on the first floor of the eastern and southern wings of the palace rooms which feature splendid artwork and intricate detailing much like the rest of the palace and are today used for private audiences with The Queen.
  • The Queen’s Gallery is one of the Palace’s most dynamic rooms with ongoing exhibitions of art that change periodically. The gallery is mostly full of paintings of old masters, artifacts, furniture, and photographs throughout history from the royal collection.
  • Set against the dramatic backdrop of Arthur’s Seat, the beautiful Palace gardens have uninterrupted views towards the Queen's Park, also known as Holyrood Park.
  • During the summer, the gardens are a kaleidoscope of colour, filled with the chorus of songbirds. The garden also includes the Jubilee Border, originally planted with silver plants in celebration of The Queen's Diamond Jubilee, the Wentworth Elm. The Queen hosts her annual Garden Party at the Palace.

Family Activities

  • The palace of Holyrood house features a family room that has lots of toys for children, a range of books, dressing up costumes, some traditional games and activities, and worksheets to make it more fun. Some of the activities include Family Short Talks and kids’ Storytelling.
  • The most exciting of all activities is the trails as they get both the parents and children involved. The Family Garden Trail at the Palace of Holyrood house lets you take your kids on a trail of exploring the royal garden and its range of flora and fauna. You may run into different types of wildlife and even foxes if you’re lucky! On the way stop at the Sun and Moondial to understand how time could be told with these ancient devices and even explore the Abbey Ruins where it all started.


The Royal Collection Shop is where you can get souvenirs that are inspired by the Royal Collection, postcards, children’s toys, jewellery, and more. Our online shops offer a wide range of exclusive gifts inspired by the royal palaces and the works of art.

Café at Palace

The Café at the Palace offers simple, homemade dishes from fresh, locally sourced produce. You can choose from a selection of soups, jacket potatoes, and a range of delicious salads, sandwiches, specialty bread, and home-baked cakes. The Café was recently awarded ‘Taste Our Best’ accreditation by VisitScotland.

A beautiful Palace with its lovely central courtyard and the interior great with a nice blend of history