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The Palace of HolyroodhouseRoyal Collection Trust is at VisitScotland Expo to present the 2015 programme of exhibitions and group visits at The Queen’s Gallery, Edinburgh and at the Palace of Holyroodhouse, the official Scottish residence of Her Majesty The Queen.  The highlight of the year will be the first exhibition devoted to Scottish art in the Royal Collection which includes works by some of Scotland’s most notable artists.

Situated at the end of the historic Royal Mile in the centre of Edinburgh, the Palace of Holyroodhouse and The Queen’s Gallery offer a year-round treat for visitors to the capital.  A royal residence for over 500 years, the Palace is closely associated with Scotland’s turbulent past, in particular the reign of the Palace’s most famous resident, Mary, Queen of Scots.  A tour of the Palace’s 14 Historic and State Apartments includes Mary’s private apartments, where the brutal murder of the Queen’s secretary David Rizzio took place in 1566.  Today, Her Majesty The Queen is in residence at Holyroodhouse once a year during ‘Holyrood week’ when she carries out a wide range of public engagements at the Palace, including investitures in the Great Gallery, audiences and Garden Parties.

As well as competitive rates and flexible on-the-day entry for group visitors, the Palace offers dedicated coach parking on site. The group-friendly Café at the Palace, located in the historic setting of the Mews Courtyard, offers home-made dishes made from locally sourced produce where visitors can rest before picking up a free audio guide, now available in nine languages.

Until 26 July, a dazzling selection of Gold from the Royal Collection will be on display in Scotland for the first time. Through over 60 items drawn from the breadth of the Royal Collection, Gold at The Queen’s Gallery explores and celebrates the qualities of the rare and precious metal.

From August, Scottish Artists 1750 – 1900: From Caledonia to the Continent brings together paintings, drawings and miniatures collected by monarchs from George III to Queen Victoria.  The first exhibition devoted to Scottish art in the Royal Collection, it includes the work of artists who were born in Scotland and travelled abroad, such as Allan Ramsay and Sir David Wilkie, and of those who gained inspiration from their native land, such as Alexander Naysmyth and James Giles.  In particular, the exhibition highlights the importance and influence of artists whose work was shaped by the ideas of the Scottish Enlightenment.

Groups can enjoy an exhibition talk without the crowds with a Private Evening Talk and View or combine their visit to The Queen’s Gallery with a self-guided tour of the Palace’s Historic and State Apartments.

Groups visiting the Palace of Holyroodhouse can also combine a visit to the Historic State Apartments with a guided tour of the Palace’s remarkable gardens.  Spanning four-hectares, the gardens are encircled by the Queen’s Park and set against the spectacular backdrop of Arthur’s Seat.  Including parts of the grounds not normally open to the public, the Palace of Holyroodhouse and Garden History Tour will take visitors to the site of the ancient menagerie, the 17th-century sundial and the Jubilee Border which was originally planted with silver flowers and plants to mark The Queen’s Silver Jubilee in 1977.  The tour of the gardens is followed by refreshments in the Café at the Palace, and time for visitors to explore the Palace and discover its rich history.  Tours are available between May and September.

This winter, the State Apartments at the Palace of Holyroodhouse will again be decorated for the festive season, offering visitors a taste of a royal Christmas.

Royal Collection Trust is exhibiting at VisitScotland Expo 2015 as part of the Scotland’s Heritage partnership.  Meet the team at stand K26.

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To download a digital Group Visits & Private Tours 2015 brochure, receive a copy or to make a booking, please visit www.royalcollection.org.uk/travel-trade-and groups/marketing, telephone, 020 7766 7321 or email, groupbookings@royalcollection.org.uk.

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Notes to Editors

Royal Collection Trust, a department of the Royal Household, is responsible for the care of the Royal Collection and manages the public opening of the official residences of
The Queen.  Income generated from admissions and from associated commercial activities contributes directly to The Royal Collection Trust, a registered charity. The aims of The Trust are the care and conservation of the Royal Collection, and the promotion of access and enjoyment through exhibitions, publications, loans and educational programmes. Royal Collection Trust’s work is undertaken without public funding of any kind.

Scotland’s Heritage – The Scotland’s Heritage partnership represents over 800 attractions covering the length and breadth of the country.  Formed to promote the variety of visitor attractions that represent Scotland’s rich history, the partnership aims to make itinerary planning easy for tour operators looking for attractions that offer the highest quality experience and the warmest welcome to groups and individuals.

For further information and images, please contact the Royal Collection Trust Press Office, +44 (0)20 7839 1377, press@royalcollection.org.uk


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