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The Queen's Gallery

Art Holyrood
3 out of 5 stars

Beautiful and airy gallery space showcasing treasures and artworks from The Royal Collection, let down by stuffy presentation

It costs £6.50 to enter The Queen’s Gallery, and since most other Edinburgh galleries are free, you might expect that fee to count for something extra special. In fairness, the gallery space manages to distinguish itself from both the pillared grandeur or white-walled modernism of the city’s other art venues; its bare roof beams and a wooden mezzanine banister resembling interwoven sheaves of wheat give the room an airy ambience at odds with the stuffy, officious nature of the building’s name.

Sadly, the art’s presentation is less refreshing. Patrons wander round at a somnambulant pace dictated by dry, isolating audio tour devices. The works themselves (on this occasion, an exhibition of intriguing artworks and manuscripts pertaining to the office of the Poet Laureate) are hung on blue baffles apparently heisted from an open plan office. The royal art collection is no doubt impressive – you just wish someone with more flair would hang it.

By: Niki Boyle


Venue name: The Queen's Gallery
Address: Palace of Holyroodhouse
The Royal Mile
Opening hours: April-October: Mon-Sun 9.30am-6pm (last admission 5pm); November-March: Mon-Fri 9.30am-4.30pm (last admission 3.30pm)
Price: Adult £6.50; Over 60/Student (with valid ID) £5.90; Under 17 £3.25; Under 5 Free; Family (2 adults, 3 under 17s) £16.25
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