Holyrood Palace and Park Tourist Information

Palace of Holyrood House

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Address, Contact information

Royal Mile
Tel: +44 0131 556 5100
Official website: Holyrood Palace - The Royal Collection

Entrance fees, tickets

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Adult: £10.00
Senior: £9.00
Under 17: £6.00
Under 5: Free

Opening times

The Palace of Holyrood House is open daily but is closed on the following dates:
19 June - 8 July
25 - 29 July
25 and 26 December
and during any Royal Visits

Holyrood Palace is open:
April - October: 9.30am-6.00pm
November - March: 10am-4.30pm

Things to remember when visiting Holyrood Palace:

  • You can buy your ticket online from the Royal Collection Website or on the day of your visit from the Ticket Office outside the Palace.
  • A souvenir shop is available where you can purchase items related to the Royal Family. A guidebook to Holyroodhouse is available although it includes mainly information about the Royal Family rather than the Palace itself.
  • Photography is not permitted inside Holyrood Palace although postcards illustrating the interior are available.
  • When visiting Holyrood Palace you can choose to use the free audio guide which is included in the price. The audio guide gives a very comprehensive and detailed presentation of the Palace and its history.

Holyrood Abbey

Abbey Access, Tickets

Access is made only through the Palace of Holyrood House for which you must get tickets. There is also a charge for visiting Holyrood Abbey itself.

Getting to Holyrood

  • By foot - Walk down the entire length of Royal Mile
  • By bus to Holyrood Palace - Lothian bus no 35 is a frequent service every 15-20 minutes down the Royal Mile to the Ocean Terminal. You can also take the Edinburgh City Bus Tours.
  • By bus to Holyrood Park - As an alternative to the above you can take buses 31, 30 or 37 from Edinburgh City Centre, get off in the Newington area of the city, turn left, then past the Commonwealth Pool and straight ahead to Holyrood Park via St Leonard's entrance. The benefit of this alternate route is easy access up Salisbury Crags and a short climb up Arthurs Seat.
The information on this page was last checked for accuracy in October 2009. Please check the official Holyrood House and Scottish Parliament websites for up to date information.

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