The Queen's Gallery, Palace of Holyroodhouse

The Queen's Gallery, Palace of Holyroodhouse

The Queen's Gallery, Palace of Holyroodhouse
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9:30 AM - 6:00 PM
Monday
9:30 AM - 6:00 PM
Thursday
9:30 AM - 6:00 PM
Friday
9:30 AM - 6:00 PM
Saturday
9:30 AM - 6:00 PM
Sunday
9:30 AM - 6:00 PM
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See changing exhibitions from the Royal Collection, featuring old master paintings, rare furniture, decorative arts and images from the vast photograph collection.
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Neighborhood: Southside & Holyrood
Many of Edinburgh’s student hangouts gather around university buildings in Southside, the sort of neighborhood that supports a long string of second-hand shops and eateries serving ethnic food for just a few pounds. In August the student population is replaced by vast numbers of boisterous visitors here for the Fringe, Edinburgh’s world-class comedy and arts festival which headquarters itself here. Flanking Southside are two great parks. The Meadows is a vast flat and sporty space where football, rugby, tennis, cricket, croquet, and golf often all take place side by side. Kids in its big playgrounds add to the joyful noise. Far bigger and much wilder, Holyrood Park extends to the east and provides a real hike up Arthur’s Seat, but the district is best known as the site of Scotland’s Parliament and its premier Royal Palace—and their steady stream of sightseers.
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  • vessi80
    North Lanarkshire, United Kingdom1,070 contributions
    Masterpieces from Buckingham Palace
    Formerly a church, this is now a stylish honey wood swirl of an exhibition space. Still thankfully on show until the end of the month are two rooms of rarely viewed Fine Art from the Royal Collection. Highlights ? Allori's 'Judith' got the heads up from me. Rembrandt's not known for humour but the light hearted meeting between a confused Mary Magdalene and Jesus in gardening gear is a triumph. Rembrandt's self portrait is a no filter face and all the better for it. And Steen's bare legged belle comes with a health warning- decadence leads to death . Oh dear ! Two full rooms to explore . The audio guide is excellent . Ticket can be stamped and used for a year so really good value . XXL thanks to staff here who like their Palace colleagues are tartan treasures.
    Written October 16, 2022
  • sfuhere
    712 contributions
    India exhibition
    This art gallery, which opened in 2002, can be visited for an extra fiver on top of the ticket to Holyroodhouse. It’s a relatively small space, but very nicely done. The exhibition wasn’t in a particular area of interest of mine, but even so, I found it worth an hour or so. The exhibit that I found most interesting was a beautifully detailed miniature scroll of the Quran. Really exquisite. It reminded me slightly of Torah scrolls used in Judaism. Definitely worth a look, but don’t expect huge galleries, this is on a fairly small scale. Very helpful and pleasant staff I thought.
    Traveled with friends
    Written September 15, 2020
  • David M
    Wigtown, United Kingdom79 contributions
    Leonardo De Vinci
    Been looking forward to seeing this exhibition for a few months and it didn't disappoint! The staff are friendly and courteous. Can recommend the audio/visual device is excellent, giving a great insight into how De Vinci came to create these stunning drawings. The only slight let down is the lights are quite dim so the details is hard to see in the drawings.
    Written March 4, 2020
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Martin M
Edinburgh, UK4 contributions
Jan 2020
Having checked the official web site and noted the Gallery closed at 4.30, and last admission was 3.30, we rushed over to finish our day with an hour of Leonardo Da Vinci. Unfortunately the parking machine at the Palace delayed us so we arrived at exactly 3.32. The poor lady at the ticket desk/entrance said she'd have to check with her boss as we were 2 minutes past and we'd therefore only have 58 minutes before the gallery closed. I could tell by her gloomy pessimism that her boss wasn't one for accommodating those that only had 58 minutes to absorb history. Indeed we weren't admitted! I guess the Queen is pretty occupied trying to find find "deals" that fit her own grand kids and appease the funders of the monarchy (us), so cutting 2 minutes slack to those tax payers trying to buy tickets to see National Treasures was a tall order. My lesson is learned, and I share with you....don't be even 2 minutes late.
Its 500 years since Leonardo died, I guess I can wait a little while longer to see his genius in the flesh.......but it won't be in Edinburgh.
Written January 20, 2020
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Vensure1
Ottawa, Canada108 contributions
May 2022
This was definitely an attraction of "quality over quantity". I had a very good but not top-notch experience visiting the QG@PoH. It has several beautiful 17th century European paintings, mostly Dutch or Flemish masters, with an audio narrative explaining the artists' and his/her subjects' thoughts, and what certain elements symbolized. So even if you have *some* interest in art metaphors, you'll like the QG.
Written June 5, 2022
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Matt S
Sandy, UK98 contributions
Aug 2021 • Couples
We really enjoyed the exhibition of watercolours from Victoria and Albert's collection, but it was a hot day and as such it was very humid in the gallery. Worth noting if you suffer like I do. Obviously there is nothing the Gallery or staff can do about this so this is not a negative, just a warning.
Written August 22, 2021
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weekak
Edinburgh, UK1,019 contributions
Apr 2021 • Solo
This is a small gallery but the Victoria & Albert in watercolour was great. I find Queen Victoria a fascinating character with her controlling and overbearing nature towards her children especially after losing her husband where she practically lived in black mourning clothes and became a recluse, so I was excited to see this exhibition. I wanted to see more about her and her children, more family portraits but it was more about Victoria & Albert’s travels and hobbies but enjoyed my visit and with my 1 year pass, hoping to visit again.
Written May 31, 2021
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Suzy3133
Dunfermline, UK17 contributions
Mar 2020
Superb exhibition , excellent audiobook providing background information on all the exhibits. Amazing to see working drawings and sketches of some of the great works of art by an iconic artist.
Good facilities, friendly well informed staff, easy to access . Lightning quite low but understandable to protect drawings.
Written March 10, 2020
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Sean M
Dalgety Bay, UK99 contributions
Jan 2020 • Family
Very friendly and helpful staff and I loved the audio/visual guides but I’ve taken one star off because two of ours ran out of batteries.

The exhibition was excellent and the guide contents were spot on. The place was busy which was to be expected given it was a Sunday but we still got round it in about an hour. Da Vinci was an incredibly talented, creative and inquisitive person and this exhibition showcased his work.

Our tickets allow us access for the year since we declared them as a gift aid donation too so we’re looking forward to seeing much more over the year.
Written January 20, 2020
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Jacqui M
674 contributions
Jan 2020 • Couples
Our second visit in as many months to this exquisite gallery situated outside the grounds of Holyrood Palace. The gallery is small as are the exhibitions, but imaginative use is made of available space. This allows a focussed visit on a subject, and on this occasion, it was Leonardo da Vinci’s drawings. Through his drawings, we gained an insight into the talent and skills of this amazing man. The detail shown was remarkable, whether the subject was an animal, the human body or landscapes. Highly recommended.
Written January 4, 2020
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Rebecca P
Manchester, UK39 contributions
Jan 2022 • Solo
Preferred this to Edinburgh Castle. You can see the history of the whole building both inside and outside. Liked the complementary audio guide. Shame the gardens and abbey weren’t available for viewing, but guess not really the weather for it in January. Would recommend visiting and whilst there doing the Arthur’s Seat walk nearby
Written February 1, 2022
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Martyn C
Stourport, UK52 contributions
Apr 2022 • Couples
So blown away by the wonderful painting on loan from Buckingham Palace. Well worth a visit and with a free return within 12 months, good value. Staff were very informative both here and in palace next door.
Written May 2, 2022
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Pittsburgh, PA67,920 contributions
Sep 2018 • Couples
The Queens art gallery is a collection of art. While we were there they had the Canaletto collection on display.Well worth seeing if in Edinburgh
Written October 8, 2018
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