Palace of Holyroodhouse


  • The Palace of Holyroodhouse is right in the centre of Edinburgh.
  • Walk through the chambers of Mary, Queen of Scots.
  • Explore the majesty of the State Apartments.
  • An inside look at the official Royal Residence in Scotland.


Situated at the end of the Royal Mile in the center of Edinburgh, against the breathtaking backdrop of Arthur’s Seat, the Palace of Holyroodhouse is absolutely stunning both inside and out. The official Royal residence in Scotland, Her Majesty the Queen conducts important official business here, as well as hosting lavish engagements and garden parties.

State Apartments

Take a walk through the exquisitely decorated State Apartments, renowned for their beautiful plasterwork ceilings, historical works of art, and incredible collection of magnificent tapestries. Reflecting the changing tastes of the monarchs through the ages, the scope of decor is impressive.

Visit the Throne Room and see where the Knights and Ladies of the Order of the Thistle attend the special luncheon. Enter the Great Gallery, the largest room in the palace, filled with Jacob de Wet’s portraits of legendary Kings of Scotland.

Mary, Queen of Scots Chambers

These historic apartments were once home to the legendary Mary, Queen of Scots, and the location for many dramatic events including the murder of her Italian secretary. During her short and turbulent reign, Mary resided at Holyroodhouse; visit the Bedchamber, the Outer Chamber, and her oratory.

Between July and September of 2022, visitors can enjoy a display of outfits worn by Her Majesty on occasions to celebrate the Silver, Golden, and Diamond Jubilees. A highlight will be the pink dress, coat, and stole designed by the royal couturier Sir Hardy Amies in 1977 for Her Majesty’s Silver Jubilee, alongside the matching hat designed by Simone Mirman with flowerheads hanging from silk stems. The ensemble was worn by Her Majesty at the Service of Thanksgiving at St Paul’s Cathedral on 7 June 1977 to mark the 25th anniversary of her Accession.

Please note Holyrood Abbey and the Palace Gardens are currently closed to visitors until further notice.


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