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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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Hauntingly Beautiful

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... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed April 12, 2015
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Gold Coast, Australia
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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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Ashford, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 11, 2015

This part of the whole Holyrood experience which includes the palace and the Queens Galleries. The abbey is ruined but holds a great deal of medieval history. Not as impressive as the palace but steeped in Scotland's past

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San Diego, California, United States
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 20, 2015

This is part of a self-guided audio tour of Palace of Holyroodhouse so you can browse at your own pace (it's listed as a separate attraction on TA although they are both part of the same tour). So much Scottish history took place here! The only disappointment was that the attached gardens were closed this time of year; be sure... More 

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Prague, Czech Republic
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 14, 2015

Very impressive, reminded me of the cathedral in St Andrews. Pity that the information is not more detailed, I couldn't even easily understand which parts of the abbey I can see around me and where the now demolished parts ones were...

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 27, 2015

Just at the end of the visit to Holyrood Palace we came to find the Ruins of Holyrood Abbey at the rear of the Palace....What an amazing find it was. This Abbey was once the place for burial of Scottish Monarchs and place for their coronation also.Its included in the ticket of Holyrood Palace.The Abbey remains are breath takingly lovely... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 3, 2015 via mobile

I am a sucker for any ruins and these were not a disappointment. Not much is left overall, but still a reminder of the history of the Church.

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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.