Holyrood Park

Holyrood Park
Holyrood, Edinburgh, EH8 8HG
  • Box office 0131 652 8150
  • Opening times Open at all times; Holyrood Lodge Information Centre daily 9.30am–3pm.
  • Admission Free.
  • Website www.historic-scotland.gov.uk
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The main entrance to this large royal park, situated east of the city centre, is flanked by the Palace of Holyroodhouse and the Scottish Parliament Building. Its main feature is Arthur’s Seat, an 823-foot hill which has a number of smaller peaks and ponds surrounding it.

Events at this venue

There are 17 events at this location

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Archaeology Day

Discover what life was like in the Iron Age by meeting characters from the past and trying out skills from the period. Join a druid for walks into the past where you’ll meet many colourful characters. Discover some artefacts uncovered within Holyrood Park.

Sat 16 Sep

Free / 0131 652 8150

Arthur's Adventure

This challenging guided walk explores the history of Arthur's Seat. Booking is essential.

Mon 5 Jun

Free / 0131 652 8150

Mon 12 Jun

Free / 0131 652 8150

Mon 19 Jun

Free / 0131 652 8150

…and 5 more dates until 24 Jul

Arthur's Amble

Learn all about the folk who lived and worked around Arthur's Seat on this gentle walk around Hunter's Bog and St. Margaret's Loch Booking is essential.

Wed 7 Jun

Free / 0131 652 8150

Wed 14 Jun

Free / 0131 652 8150

Wed 21 Jun

Free / 0131 652 8150

…and 5 more dates until 26 Jul

Arthur's Secrets

Take a walk up Edinburgh's own volcanic plug and discover its past, present and wildlife. Moderately graded walk. Ages 8+. Booking is essential.

Tue 4 Apr

Free / 0131 652 8150

Tue 11 Apr

Free / 0131 652 8150

Tue 18 Apr

Free / 0131 652 8150

…and 19 more dates until 29 Aug


Take part in a city wide bioblitz centred around Duddingston and Holyrood Park. Find out what crawls, hops, wriggles, runs and grows in all corners of our capital. Help experts record whatever can be found and learn a lot about the wildlife in our own back gardens.

Sat 17 Jun

Times to be confirmed / Free / 0131 652 8150

Celtic Crag

Discover what life was like in Holyrood Park 2000 years ago, when it was home to Celtic tribes, on this guided walk. Booking is essential.

Sun 3 Sep

Free / 0131 652 8150

Foraging in Historical Holyrood

Join Anna Canning from Floramedica for this informative and fascinating guided walk to discover what natural foods and medicines people have used throughout history. Sure to be a delight for all the senses.

Sat 9 Sep

Free / 0131 652 8150

Go Bats!

Join us for an informative talk, followed by a gentle stroll around the Royal Park and try spot some of our nocturnal visitors.

Sat 26 Aug

£5 (£4; Children £3) / 0131 652 8150

Great Edinburgh Run

A ten mile race in Scotland's capital taking in landmarks including Edinburgh Castle, Greyfriar’s Bobby and the Royal Mile. There are also junior events over 1.5k and 2.5k.

Sun 23 Apr

£30 / 0131 652 8150

Holyrood Holiday Club: Volcanoes, Wildlife & Adventure

Join our Rangers for some holiday fun and investigate some of the things that make the park special. Learn about ancient people, hunt for wildlife, explore volcanos, adventure to the top of the hill and learn some bush craft skills. Suitable for children aged between 10 to 14.

Wed 5 Apr

Wed 12 Apr

Wed 5 Jul

The MoonWalk Scotland

A sponsored nocturnal power walk to raise funds to combat breast cancer. As an added bonus, all participants are invited to walk in their bras (and that includes the men). This year's theme is jungle safari. Distances range from 6.55 miles up to 52.4 miles.

Sat 10 Jun

£15–£48.50 / 01483 741430

Nordic Walking - Edinburgh

Whether you are looking to improve health, increase fitness levels, lose some weight, wish to learn a new activity or just have some fun, Nordic Walking is for you. This is a chance for anyone, young or old, fit or unfit, male or female, healthy or with medical conditions to try out this ever popular activity. Our…

Tue 28 Mar

£50 / 0131 652 8150

Nordic Fit Class (outdoor exercise class)

Wed 29 Mar

£7.50 / 0131 652 8150

Nordic Walking - Holyrood Park

Tue 4 Apr

£50 / 0131 652 8150

Nordic Fit Class (outdoor exercise class)

…and 5 more dates until 19 Apr

Using Your Ears: Bat Detectives

Join a Ranger and Anne Youngman of the Bat Conservation Trust for a more in-depth session. Expand your knowledge of different bat species and their behaviours before heading out into the park to put your new found skills into practice.

Fri 1 Sep

£7 (£5; Children £4) / 0131 652 8150

Watch Out Toads About

Help the park rangers as they safely carry the toads across Holyrood's roads to their spring breeding grounds. Afterwards there are games and activities to find out more about toads and their spring migration. Booking is essential.

Sat 1 Apr

Free / 0131 652 8150

Watch Out, Toads About

The toads need a little assistance to climb the kerb! Join the Rangers for a walk up the High Road to Dunsapie, collecting the toads that got stranded on their way to the loch to spawn.

Sat 1 Apr

Free / 0131 652 8150

Wild Day Out

Join us for a wild day out in our park with the RSPB and Historic Scotland. Learn more about the Royal Park's wildlife and geology at a wide range of walks and talks. And find out how to give nature a home!

Sat 1 Apr

Free / 0131 652 8150

Wildflower Wander

Join a Ranger on a guided walk to learn more about the flowers and plants of our park. Discover some of the beautiful and scarce species which live in Hunter’s Bog and find out what is being done to protect them.

Sat 3 Jun

Free / 0131 652 8150

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