Wander the opulent state rooms and lavish gardens of the Palace of Holyroodhouse, Her Majesty The Queen’s official Scottish residence, located at the end of Edinburgh’s Royal Mile.
Once inside the baroque palace, learn about its close associations with Scotland's history via a complimentary audio guide (available in 9 languages). Visit the State Apartments to see the changing tastes of successive monarchs. Marvel at fine plasterwork ceilings and Brussels tapestries, along with paintings and other art works in rooms still used by the Queen and Royal Family for official ceremonies.
Go to the Throne Room to see where lunch was served to the Knights and Ladies of the Order of the Thistle when a new knight was installed. Discover where the Queen holds her private audiences in the Morning Drawing Room. Continue to the Great Gallery, where Scottish residents named in the New Year’s Honours List or Queen's Birthday Honours List receive their award at an Investiture ceremony.
Admire Jacob de Wet's portraits of real and legendary kings of Scotland in the Great Gallery, the largest room in the palace. Learn about dramatic events from Scotland’s history in Mary Queen of Scots' historic chambers, where she witnessed the brutal murder of her secretary, Rizzio, by her jealous husband, Lord Danley.
From April to September, to celebrate The Queen's 90th birthday, a special exhibition will be shown at the Palace. "Fashioning a Reign: 90 Years of Style from The Queen's Wardrobe" will include dress, jewels and accessories worn by Her Majesty on ceremonial and family occasions in Scotland.
At the end of your audio tour, enjoy a refreshing drink or light lunch (own expense) at the Café at the Palace.