Officially called the Palace of Holyroodhouse, Holyrood Palace is the Scottish residence of the British royal family. Holyrood Palace is located at the foot of the historic Royal Mile and sits on the edge of Holyrood Park, opposite the Scottish Parliament.
The palace was originally an Augustinian abbey, now a ruin, and was founded in 1128. The palace was built between 1671 and 1679 in a baroque style and consists of a main courtyard with both a north-west and south-west tower.
Historically, this palace has been residence to many king and queens, most famously Mary Queen of Scots from 1542 to 1567. To this day, the palace is used as an official residence. The queen is in residence at least 1 week of every summer during Holyrood Week, where Queen Elizabeth performs traditional duties and attends various public engagements.
Holyrood Palace Highlights
During a visit to the Palace of Holyroodhouse, visitors can see the state apartments as well as more historic apartments, including Mary Queen of Scot’s living chambers. The Queens Gallery opened to the public in 2002 as part of the Golden Jubilee celebrations. It hosts changing exhibitions from the royal collection.
Guided tours of the palace’s highlights are available. Free audio guides are available in several languages and guide you through the palace. Alternatively, for a more personal touch, in the summer months guides will escort you around the palace and are happy to impart their vast knowledge of this historic building and share local stories.
Accommodation near Holyroodhouse
Ideal Edinburgh accommodation close to Holyroodhouse and other Royal Mile attractions is the Radisson Blu Hotel, Edinburgh. This hotel is located in the centre of the historic Old Town and is the perfect location to explore the city.