‘Fabulous day out. Very interesting to look around this palace steeped in history and still used by the Royal family. Lots to see and very informative via your own personal headset.’
– Palace of Holyrood Tripadvisor Review
Touring the Palace
The Historic Apartments of Mary, Queen of Scots and the State Apartments are open throughout the year. Except (of course) when members of the Royal Family are in town.
Step back in time and discover the different influence each monarch had in creating Holyrood Palace’s rich and beautifully decorated rooms. Visit Mary, Queen of Scots, Apartments and stand in the spot where she witnessed her Italian secretary’s murder. Tour the legendary Great Gallery, the largest room in the Palace, and behold the portraits of Scottish monarchs.
You can take a tour of the palace and nearby abbey at your own pace with the help of audio guides. For a more personal experience, you can embark on a guided morning tour for private groups. After you’ve walked in the footsteps of the greats, enjoy a bite to eat at the official Holyrood Palace café in Mews Courtyard, before exploring the treasures of the Queen’s Gallery.