Palace of Holyroodhouse

Access and Information

By train: Edinburgh Waverley. The Palace is a 15-minute walk from the station.

By coach: Open-top tour buses stop nearby. Coach parking is provided free of charge.

By bus: Numbers 6 and 35 stop near the Palace.

By road: There is a public car park adjacent to the Palace.
Please note that road closures are in place every Sunday on Queen’s Drive and may affect access to the public car park. Check for car park or road restrictions on the Historic Environment Scotland website.

Concessionary rates are available for visitors with disabilities and an accompanying companion is admitted free of charge.

There are 27 steps in the Great Staircase.

The Mary, Queen of Scots’ Chambers are accessed via a steep spiral staircase consisting of 25 steps.

Guided tours

Verbal description tours run on selected dates throughout the year. Please see the What’s On guide or contact the Learning Bookings team on (+44) (0)303 123 7324 or [email protected] for more information.

Assistance dogs

Assistance dogs are welcome and water is available on request. There is a low ceiling on the steep spiral staircase leading to Mary, Queen of Scots’ Chambers. Staff will be happy to accompany blind or partially-sighted visitors.


Accessible lavatories are located in the Mews Courtyard, opposite the café, and in The Queen’s Gallery.