Edinburgh Central

Point G - Holyrood Palace

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Location: East end of the Canongate

Holyrood Palace has been a seat of power in Scotland, intermittently, for over 500 years. Today it is the official residence of the British Monarch in Scotland.  It is also used for official entertaining and state occasions.

Holyrood Palace

The British royal family has many European links. Their Hanoverian ancestors came from Germany and Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh, was Greek.

Charles Philippe, brother of King Louis XVI of France, lived in Holyrood for a time after the French revolution in 1796.  He also lived there when he was King Charles X of France after the 1830 revolution.

The Council of the European Union met in Holyrood palace in 1992 when Britain had the presidency of the Council.

The public can visit the palace when the Monarch is not in residence. Tickets for the museums within Holyrood Palace can be bought on the day, and also for the Gallery which hosts exhibitions from the Royal collection.

Find out more about the palace at this link.

The next stop on the Eurowalk is the Scottish Parliament which is directly in front of Holyrood Palace.

Picture Credits: Stuart Baillie Strong/Edinburgh4Europe 2021