Holyrood Park

Queen's Drive, Edinburgh EH8 8HG


Opening times and getting here

Opening times

Holyrood Park is open 24 hours a day, year-round.


We have regular road closures (i.e. on weekends) and there can also be unexpected closures within the park.

Getting to Holyrood Park

Holyrood Park
East of Holyrood Palace and Abbey

Parking is available around the park.

National Grid reference: NT 2773

View Holyrood Park on a Google map

Holyrood Park Ranger Service

Telephone: 0131 652 8150

Email: rangers@hes.scot

Find out more about our Ranger Service

Journey planners

Search for National Cycle Network routes on the Sustrans website.

Plan your journey by public transport using Traveline Scotland.


Off-road cycling is not permitted. You may cycle on the marked cycle paths as well as on the roads.

Fishing permits 

Fishing permits are available for Duddingston Loch, please contact rangers@hes.scot to arrange.

Access at Holyrood Park

Sturdy footwear with a good grip is recommended for exploring Holyrood Park.

Walking just a short distance can take you from tarmac pavement to rugged and uneven ground.

Watch out for slippery surfaces and sheer drops.


Parking is available at Broad Pavement, St Margaret's Loch and Duddingston Loch car parks.

Overnight parking is not permitted in the park.

Dunsapie Loch car Park is open to vehicles from Tuesday to Thursday, 9.30am-3pm.

You must pay for the parking near Holyrood Palace (Broad Pavement). The cost is £1 an hour (minimum charge £1).

Charges apply from 8.30am to 5.30pm daily, except on:

  • Saturdays
  • Sundays
  • Good Friday
  • Easter Monday
  • 25 and 26 December
  • 1 January

Historic Scotland Members are not exempt from the charges.


Toilets which are annexed to the Holyrood Park Education Centre are available during the following hours: 

April & September: 
Daily, 8am to 5pm

Daily, 8am to 6pm

June to August: 
Monday to Wednesday, 8am to 5pm 
Thursday to Sunday, 8am to 7pm

October to March:
Daily, 8am to 3pm

They are cleaned on an hourly basis and hand sanitiser is available. 

Historic Scotland

Opening times

Please be aware the Radical Road footpath is currently closed.

The High Road and Dunsapie Loch Car Park are open to vehicles from Tues to Thur, 9.30am to 3pm. A one-way system is in place for cyclists.

On Sat & Sun all roads are closed to vehicles during the day. Closures will commence from 8.15am to 9am. The roads will reopen between 3pm & 3.45pm.


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