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 30 May

Free / 0131 652 8150

Sun 4 Jun

Free / 0131 652 8150

Tue 6 Jun

Free / 0131 652 8150

…and 27 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

Charity Dog Photography Workshop

Join dog photographer Ally Jones to learn all about taking outdoor dog photographs with an impact, with 10% of every ticket sale being donated to Edinburgh Dog & Cat Home. The workshop is open to all levels and equipment but preferably a DSLR camera. Bringing different lenses is advisable but not essential.

Sun 11 Jun

£27.50 / 0131 652 8150

Ticket includes free dog goodie bag.

Edinburgh Strolling Group

In the old parable a Tortoise and a Hare set out to race. The Tortoise took its time, didn't get hot and bothered and arrived at the end first as the Hare had burned off too much energy too fast and collapsed before crossing the line. This group believes in strolling at a slower pace and seeing and appreciating the…

Thu 25 May

Prices to be confirmed / 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

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 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 30 May

£50 / 0131 652 8150

Nordic Fit Class (outdoor exercise class)

Tue 6 Jun

£50 / 0131 652 8150

Nordic Fit Class (outdoor exercise class)

Tue 27 Jun

£50 / 0131 652 8150

Nordic Fit Class (outdoor exercise class)

…and 4 more dates until 25 Jul

The Ovarian Cancer Walk

Target Ovarian Cancer's 5k or 10k sponsored walks. Choose your distance, choose your pace and help raise money. Registration fee includes t-shirt and medal.

Sun 1 Oct

£12.50 (Children £5) / 0131 652 8150

The SUBWAY Helping Hearts™ Family 5K Fun Run

Fun run for all the family. At the 4.5K mark there is the option to enter the Field of Fresh, a giant inflatable obstacle course. All proceeds raised, including your entry fee, help to support the Heart Research UK and SUBWAY® Healthy Heart Grants scheme

Sun 4 Jun

£7 (Children under 12 free) / 020 7711 6891

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

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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