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Holyroodhouse Palace


The Holyrood Palace, also referred as the Palace of Holyroodhouse, is the official residence of the Monarch of the United Kingdom in Scotland. The Holyrood Palace lies at opposite end to Edinburgh Castle and stands at the bottom of the Royal Mile in Edinburgh. Holyrood Palace is the location for state ceremonies and official entertaining.

The Queen resides at the Holyrood Palace during the Holyrood week that generally takes place from the end of June to the beginning of July. At the beginning of the Queen’s visit, Holyrood Palace’s forecourt gets metamorphosed into a crowded and colorful parade ground, where hundreds of guests watch the Presentation of the Keys of the City of Edinburgh, the enactment of an ancient ceremony. Prince Charles also resides at Holyrood Palace for one week every year, carrying out his official duties as The Duke of Rothesay.

The four-hectare Palace gardens are surrounded by the Queen’s park and set against the spectacular background of Arthur’s Seat. The gardens have seven greenhouses that supply flowers at the Holyrood Palace for the visits of Prince Charles, for the Royal Week and for several other official events.

Best time to visit

Holyrood Palace is open to visitors throughout the year, except during Royals visits and on 25-26 December.


A typical visit to the Holyrood Palace lasts between 1 and 1½ hours. Visitors can also join a guided walk around the historic gardens. Exclusive Evening Tours, The State Apartments, The Historic Apartments, Garden History Tours and Abbey Tours are some of the important tours that a tourist must attend.


Holyrood Palace is open daily.

November – March- 09:30am - 4:30pm (last admission 3:30)

April to October- 09:30am - 6:00pm (last admission 5:00)

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