The Queen's Gallery, Palace of Holyroodhouse

The Queen's Gallery, Palace of Holyroodhouse, Edinburgh: Hours, Address, The Queen's Gallery, Palace of Holyroodhouse Reviews: 4/5

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
About
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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The area
Address
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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223 reviews
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weekak
Edinburgh, UK557 contributions
Victoria & Albert
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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Ann
Edinburgh, UK9 contributions
Excellent Eastern Encounters
Dec 2020
What a fascinating exhibition! The detail in the paintings is stunning, especially given their small scale - reading glasses were required! The combination of the calligraphy, text, paintings and illuminated borders was simply breath-taking.
Obviously all COVID safety measures are in place and it was a very safe visit, with team members opening doors for you and not many visitors on the mid-week December day I visited.
If you gift-aid your ticket and validate it on the day it gives you free entry for a year to this and future exhibitions.
Highly recommended!
Written December 14, 2020
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sfuhere
uk630 contributions
India exhibition
Sep 2020 • Friends
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.
Written September 15, 2020
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Suzy3133
Dunfermline, UK11 contributions
De Vinci exhibition
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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David M
Wigtown, UK66 contributions
Leonardo De Vinci
Mar 2020
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
Don't expect any flexibility
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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Sean M
Dalgety Bay, UK79 contributions
Visit to the Da Vinci exhibition
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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VMtravellers
Stockton-on-Tees, UK508 contributions
Wonderful small gallery
Jan 2020
Just been to see the most fantastic exhibition of Leonardo Da Vinci's drawings, facinating, the man was a genius
Written January 6, 2020
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Jacqui M
647 contributions
Perfect
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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Adam
Hertford, UK61 contributions
Very inspiring
Dec 2019 • Couples
We went for the Leonardo da vinci, experience, and what an experience it was, the potraiats and paintings was great, with a headset explaining more of the paintings and drawings, and the staff was so helpful
Written December 25, 2019
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