The Palace of Holyrood House

When visiting the Palace of Holyrood House there is tours that run regularly throughout the day and these tours are included in your admissions price, if you would rather tour at your own leisure you can take the audio tour, which is an audio guided tour which you can take your time going round things and looking about the audio tour lasts approximately 1 hour.

There is a one-way system put in place for visitors for safety and security reasons, visitors and belongings might be searched for security purposes, large bags and pushchairs have to be checked in at the and then reclaimed at the end of the trip for security purposes, smoking products including E-cigarettes are not permitted.

As The Palace of Holyrood House is a working royal Palace there may be security and opening arrangements that might be subject to change at short notice.

There is no use of any photography or filming equipment at all inside the palace including mobile phones unless it is for commercial use, you can fill out the application form to be allowed to take the films or photos, while inside the Palace your mobile phone must be turned off or checked in before entry.

Photos and Filming is permitted on the grounds outside the Palace and tagging is welcomed, they like to see the best shots you have taken and seeing your photos all over social media.

The Audio tour can be taken in many different Languages such as:

  • English.
  • French.
  • German.
  • Spanish.
  • Italian.
  • Japanese.
  • Russian.
  • Mandarin.
  • Brazilian Portuguese.

The audio tour takes you through the castle and all areas with detailed information about each part and some of its more official previous residents such as Mary, Queen of Scots, Bonnie Prince Charlie and the current resident for a week in the summer The Queen.

There is an Audio Tour aimed at children aged 7-11 years old to guide them through the same tour as the adults but with hidden unicorns and Lions to look out for

There is a Café for refreshments located in the Mews Courtyard as there is no food or drink permitted in the palace at any point and must be in a closed bag before being admitted, toilets are also located in the Mews Courtyard.

If you are visiting with children, you are not permitted to take pushchairs into the Palace, there are facilities for changing and toilets for Children in the Mews Courtyard, you can borrow free of charge hip seats and baby carriers which are subject to availability.

At the end of your visit you can ask the warder to stamp you ticket which will allow you access the palace again so you ticket then becomes a 1-year pass, which allows you free admission to The Palace of Holyrood House.

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