1 April to 31 October
09:30-18:00 (last admission 17:00)
1 November -31 March
09:30-16:30 (last admission 15:30)
Closed to the public
25th & 26th December
and when the Royal Family
are in residence.
• BONNIE PRINCE
OF HOLYROOD HOUSE
The Palace of Holyroodhouse has played a central
role in Scotland’s history ever since its foundation
as a Augustian monastery by King David I of Scotland
nearly 900 years ago.
Rebuilt by James V of Scotland to include a large tower and
a new west front. The Palace was to become the home of his
Queen of Scots, and the scene for many of the
most dramatic and tragic events of her reign, culminating
in the murder in the palace of her secretary, David Rizzio
Rebuilt again by Charles II after the Civil War, the palace
became a showplace of baroque architecture and interior decoration.
It was the Edinburgh headquarters of Bonnie
Prince Charlie in 1745, a refuge after the French
Revolution of 1789 for the future Charles X of France, and
from the time of the State Visit of George IV in 1822, one
of the foremost attractions for visitors to the Scottish
capital, drawn to it as much for its associations with Scotland’s
past as for the role it plays today as The Queen’s
official residence in Edinburgh.
The palace now also houses a significant part of the Royal
Collection, with paintings and works of art on display both
within the palace itself and in adjacent The