Quingo Scooters once again take you to one of the UK’s incredible attractions as part of our Accessible Attractions series. This week we’re heading to Edinburgh to marvel at some of the world’s greatest works of art!
Located at the end of Edinburgh’s Royal Mile, The Queen’s Gallery at the Palace of Holyroodhouse is home to a rotating collection of art. The location of Holyrood Palace makes it an excellent choice for a day visit, or a couple of hours during your visit to the city. Whether you want to explore the grounds or enjoy the exhibitions in the gallery, there’s always something exciting to see.
The history of both the country and the Royal family is presented through ever-changing exhibitions from the Royal Collection. Here are a few things to enjoy:
- Shadows of War (4 August-26 November): This is the first exhibition to focus exclusively on Roger Fenton’s pioneering photographs of the Crimean War, taken in 1855. Fenton focused on creating moving portraits of the troops and images of the stark, empty battlefields, showing the impact of war to the public for the first time and creating the genre of war photography through subtle and poetic interpretations of battle.
- Exclusive Evening Tour, Palace of Holyroodhouse (2 December 2017-2 January 2018): This special Christmas tour of The Queen’s official residence in Scotland highlights the Palace’s dramatic past and its important role in the present. An expert will escort you to rooms not usually open to the public. Your ticket will also include a glass of champagne, a copy of the official guidebook and 20% discount in the shops. There is limited availability.
- Recitals for Wrigglers (22 October): A family recital in the unique setting of the Great Gallery. The whole family can enjoy the classical music and popular nursery rhymes amongst iconic portraits of Scottish royalty.
Entry Times and Prices
The Queen’s Gallery is open daily all year, excluding 25-26 December. The opening times are seasonal: April-October 9.30am-6pm (last admission at 5pm) and November-March 9.30am-4.30pm (last admission 3.30pm). Ticket prices vary and can be found here.
Located on the Royal Mile, the Queen’s Gallery is accessible by all major transport links. If you’re travelling by train, the exhibition is 15 minutes away from Edinburgh Waverly. The 6 and the 35 buses stop near the gallery and there is a public car park adjacent to The Gallery. There are several blue badge parking spaces available on Horse Wynd, just outside the Palace. Open-top bus tours stop nearby and coach parking is provided free of charge. More information on finding the exhibition can be found here.
The attraction is accessible by automatic doors at ground level, with lifts to the gallery. The Gallery and shop have polished wooden floors, with a stone floor in the lobby. All circulation and gallery spaces are fully accessible and have respite seating available in The Gallery, café and Mews Courtyard. Accessible toilets are also available throughout. You can view or download The Queen’s Gallery’s full accessibility information here.
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