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Holyrood Abbey

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Address: Canongate, Royal Mile, Edinburgh, Scotland
Phone Number: 0131/556-5100
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Good way to finish up the tour after hearing about the gruesome, horrible life of Mary Queen of Scotts. This Abbey is nothing more then a couple minutes well spent.

4 of 5 starsReviewed May 28, 2015
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24 reviews 24 reviews
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4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 28, 2015 NEW

Good way to finish up the tour after hearing about the gruesome, horrible life of Mary Queen of Scotts. This Abbey is nothing more then a couple minutes well spent.

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New York City, New York
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 19, 2015

Stunningly beautiful, this for me was one of my favorite things on the Holyrood Palace grounds. Included in the cost of your ticket don't skip this.

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Ipswich, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 5, 2015

The abbey is included in the ticket price for the Palace of Holyroodhouse. We opted not to do a guided tour but was very interesting to see.

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Brisbane, Australia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 30, 2015

This is a facinating ruin that hangs off the ride of holyrood palace. Entry to the palace also gives you access to the abbey. There are storyboards that helps understand the history of the ruin and its links to the palace. I hope you ... i did.

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed April 25, 2015

If you're on the tour of Holyroodhouse, you will be directed out to the ruins of the old Holyrood Abbey, together with some audio commentary. By all means, if you are there, go and see the Abbey remains. But it's not that easy to get the sense of what the Abbey was like...and in my opinion was not nearly as... More 

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Gold Coast, Australia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 12, 2015

Make sure you take your camera because the ruins are very picturesque. It's amazing walking through the remains of such an historically significant place, set on such a beautiful landscape.

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Selby, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 12, 2015

after four attempts to visit the house and Abby, we have finally got in, it was worth the visit but better to pre-book to make sure it will be open when you visit

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Newton Aycliffe, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 7, 2015

A strangely peaceful place despite ongoing works to preserve the building. Fascinating gravestones. Visited almost as an afterthought at the end of the Palace tour, the Abbey is worth exploring.

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed April 2, 2015

Sitting within the grounds of Holyrood Palace the Abbey is an interesting way to pass 15-20 minutes. The abbey iw pqrt of the Holyrood audio tour. Best viewed in the sunshine and warm weather.

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Groveland, Florida, United States
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 18, 2015

This place is almost joined to The Palace of Holyroodhouse and after you look around inside you come out into the grounds to look round the old Abbey and it is really cool you can feel the hundreds of years of history in the air around these ruins.

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Staying in Southside & Holyrood

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Southside & Holyrood
Many of Edinburgh’s student hangouts gather around university buildings in Southside, the sort of neighborhood that supports a long string of second-hand shops and eateries serving ethnic food for just a few pounds. In August the student population is replaced by vast numbers of boisterous visitors here for the Fringe, Edinburgh’s world-class comedy and arts festival which headquarters itself here. Flanking Southside are two great parks. The Meadows is a vast flat and sporty space where football, rugby, tennis, cricket, croquet, and golf often all take place side by side. Kids in its big playgrounds add to the joyful noise. Far bigger and much wilder, Holyrood Park extends to the east and provides a real hike up Arthur’s Seat, but the district is best known as the site of Scotland’s Parliament and its premier Royal Palace—and their steady stream of sightseers.