Standing at the lower end of the royal Mile against the spectacular backdrop of Arthur’s Seat, Palace of Holyroodhouse has witnessed six years of Scotland’s royal history. Best known as the home of Mary, Queen of Scots during her reign between 1561-1567, the tradition of garden parties that was conducted during her reign has been sustained to the present day.
A baroque masterpiece that is not to be missed by anyone on their trip to Edinburgh, Holyroodhouse was reconstructed by Charles II after the palace suffered serious damage that broke in 1543. Today, the palace is the Queen’s official residence, attracting thousands of visitors every year. The largest room in the palace is the spectacular Great Gallery that is used for official occasions and banquets.
The high point of any tour in this palace is the suite rooms in the north-west tower that were occupied by Queen Mary which has original wooden ceilings and examples of the tragic Queen’s needlework. Among the other things that need to be viewed, the Royal Apartments are known for its fine period interiors and impressive collection of Brussels tapestries.
Opening daily at 9:30 am with varying times of closing according to the months, you are sure to find this palace truly amazing. The display at the Queen’s gallery will change from time to time as the collection is large in addition to the many millions of paintings, furniture, books, ceramics, tapestries and other works of art. Palace of Holyroodhouse has something for everyone and can influence human minds to explore the depths of Scotland history.