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Visit Holyrood House
The Palace of Holyrood house in Edinburgh is the monarch’s official residence in Scotland.
Originally founded as a monastery in 1128, the Palace is situated at the lower, eastern end of the Royal Mile, next to the new Scottish Parliament building, Dynamic Earth and Arthur’s Seat and at the opposite end of the Royal Mile from Edinburgh Castle.
The Palace of Holyrood House is most strongly associated with the tragic yet romantic story of Mary, Queen of Scots. It was here that a pregnant Mary witnessed the murder of her Italian secretary, David Rizzio in 1565.
In the 1670s, Charles II had the Palace rebuilt in its current form. In modern times, monarchs have spent at least one week every year formally holding court in the Palace – its use has increased since the reconvening of the Scottish Parliament.
There is a tour which allows you a rare behind-the-scenes glimpse of royal life today.
The Palace is open as follows with some exceptions – please check in advance:
1 November to 31 March 09:30-16:30 (last admission 15:30)
1 April to 31 October 09:30-18:00 (last admission 17:00)
Admission prices for Palace of Holyroodhouse, including an audio tour Book Tickets