Royal Collection Trust looks after the Royal Collection, one of the most important art collections in the world, and manages the public opening of the official residences of Her Majesty The Queen. Through our work, from exhibitions and learning programmes to publications and retail products, we aim to ensure that the Royal Collection and Palaces are valued and enjoyed by everyone.
ENTRANCE FEES TO PALACE OF HOLYROODHOUSE
Visitors to Holyroodhouse see the Palace as it was transformed for Charles II in the 1670s by the architect Sir William Bruce. He took his inspiration from the existing early-sixteenth century turreted tower, adding another and linking the two with a set of up-to-date classical State Apartments. These are hung with French and Flemish tapestries of the seventeenth and eighteenth centuries, beneath exceptionally fine baroque plaster ceilings and carved cornices. The State Apartments are hung with portraits of Scottish interest, notably of James VI and I by Van Somer and of Charles I by Mytens, and a remarkable series of 89 historical portraits of the Kings of Scotland commissioned by James VII and II when Duke of York from the artist Jacob de Wet. In Mary, Queen of Scots’ Apartments in the oldest part of the Palace, there is a new display of relics of Queen Mary herself, and of other monarchs of the Stuart (Stewart) dynasty, and relics of Prince Charles Edward Stuart (‘Bonnie Prince Charlie’) and his brother Henry Benedict, Cardinal and Duke of York.
April to October Open daily, 09:30-18:00 (last admission 16:30)
November to March Open daily, 09:30-16:30 (last admission 15:15)
UPDATE: Remainder of 2020: THU-MON opening ONLY
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