Abbey Family Trail

Take an Abbey activity trail to look for hidden details and stories, try your hand at design and learn about the Abbey’s long history this September.

Abbey Family Trail

About Abbey Family Trail

Holyrood Abbey has a long history going back almost 900 years. It was once one of the most magnificent medieval abbeys in Scotland. Take an Abbey activity trail to look for hidden details and stories, try your hand at design and learn about the Abbey’s long history.

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James VI and Witchcraft

James VI and Witchcraft

Selected dates between 7th October 2021 - 28th October 2021

Hear the story of Agnes Sampson, a woman from East Lothian, and discover the events which led to her being accused of witchcraft and questioned by the King himself.
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Holyrood Herbs

Holyrood Herbs

14th October 2021 - 30th October 2021

This October half term join us on Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays to discover how herbs have been used for centuries at the Palace of HolyroodHouse.
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Up close: Needlework casket

Up close: Needlework casket

18th October 2021

Discover this extraordinary Needlework casket up close for one day, with short talks from our curator at The Palace of Holyroodhouse on 18th October.
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Witches, Healers and Kings

Witches, Healers and Kings

23rd October 2021

Come along to The Palace of Holyroodhouse on Saturday 23rd October for a day of activities to explore more of the story about James VI's interest in witches.
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Symbols of Scotland

Symbols of Scotland

Selected dates between 1st November 2021 - 25th November 2021

Join the Royal Collection Trust at The Palace of Holyroodhouse for short talks revealing the stories behind some of Scotland's most famous symbols this November!
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Scottish Signs and Symbols: Family Workshop

Scottish Signs and Symbols: Family Workshop

13th November 2021

In this family workshop at The Palace of Holyroodhouse on 13th November, create your own shield using Scottish symbols - or even invent your own! Suitable for ages 5 - 14 years.
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St Andrew’s Day: Scottish Signs and Symbols

St Andrew’s Day: Scottish Signs and Symbols

26th November 2021

Ahead of this St Andrew’s Day, discover the myths, legends and Royal stories behind several famous Scottish symbols, from thistles to unicorns!
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St Andrew’s Day celebration

St Andrew’s Day celebration

28th November 2021

Join us at The Palace of Holyroodhouse the Sunday before St. Andrew's Day for a celebration of Scottish art, music, symbols and stories for the whole family to enjoy.
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Up close: Holyrood Ordinal

Up close: Holyrood Ordinal

29th November 2021

The Holyrood Ordinal dates back to the fifteenth century. Discover this extraordinary Scottish liturgical manuscript up close for one day, with short talks from our curator.
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Christmas at the court of Mary, Queen of Scots

Christmas at the court of Mary, Queen of Scots

2nd December 2021 - 16th December 2021

Come and see the beautiful Christmas decorations at the Palace and step back in time to discover how Mary, Queen of Scots would have celebrated Christmas over 400 years ago.
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Christmas at the Palace: Family trail

Christmas at the Palace: Family trail

6th December 2021 - 3rd January 2022

This December explore The Palace of Holyroodhouse with the help of Holly and Rudy and a special Christmas trail!
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Royal Rhyme Time: Christmas Ceilidh

Royal Rhyme Time: Christmas Ceilidh

13th December 2021

Join us to hear stories about celebrations and play a special game called the Feast of the Bean. With music and dancing in our Christmas ceilidh, suitable for children aged four and under!
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Mary, Queen of Scots at Christmas

Mary, Queen of Scots at Christmas

18th December 2021

Come and see the beautiful Christmas decorations at the Palace of Holyroodhouse and step back in time to discover how Mary, Queen of Scots would have celebrated Christmas over 400 years ago.
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