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Holyrood Abbey

Canongate, Royal Mile, Edinburgh, Scotland (Cowgate)
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Ranked #57 of 198 attractions in Edinburgh
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Type: Religious Sites, Historic Sites
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Moscow, Russia
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65 reviews 65 reviews
30 attraction reviews
53 helpful votes 53 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 27, 2014

We visited the Abbey as part of our tour to Holyrood palace and I'm not sure what I like more - the palace itself or the ruins of the Abbey. The ruins are indeed very picturesque and would be an ideal place for photo-shooting. It is worth to listen to story on audio-guide as this place once was the burial... More

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Jamberoo, Australia
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22 attraction reviews
33 helpful votes 33 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed December 10, 2013

While visiting Holyroodhouse Palace we come across the nearby Holyrood Abbey so naturally we wandered in for a look. I guess being a tourist in great Britain and Europe you do tend to get Castle / Abbey / Cathedral and museum'd out. We did not find Holyrood Abbey to be anything special. Would I advise against visiting the Abbey? No,... More

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Cape May, New Jersey
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19 attraction reviews
45 helpful votes 45 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed September 29, 2013

This was the 3rd abbey/cathedral ruin we have been to so far on this trip and we were quite disappointed. See my review of Elgin Cathedral. I have not yet written the review of the abbey ruins in Wales (Tintern Abbey - that will be getting a 5 when I get the time to write the review). This one seemed... More

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7 attraction reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 25, 2013 via mobile

Background Info: Was at Holyroodhouse Palace so saw this as part of the tour. The Good: Its so authentic and beautiful to look at. The history and stories are interesting. Great photo opportunities. Area for improvement: More signage. Overall: A picture of gothic!

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 23, 2013

If you're doing the touristy run around Edinbugh this is a must see. Thoroughly enjoyed the trip, personal Abbey ruins tour, palace and history. About an hour and a half - seemed longer there was a lot to it.

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13 helpful votes 13 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 10, 2013

Travelled with my wife and mother in law . The grounds are beautiful and the abbey is good value for money. However there is a few stair cases to overcome,and like my mother in law found, one staircase leading to Mary queen of Scott's bedroom was difficult to climb.

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Lancaster, England, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 5, 2013

Included in the price of a ticket to Holyrood Palace, these ruins are interesting, and the Audio tour gives you information about it. A little something extra for your money.

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San Antonio, Texas
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed September 4, 2013

Worth going to see for the history and architecture and views Arthur's seat and Salisbury Craig. No photos allowed inside. Long tour inside, but free roaming outside in the gardens.

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Otterbach, Germany
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19 helpful votes 19 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 21, 2013

The abbey was incredibly beautiful. You walk into it towards the end of the palace tour. It's a ruin, and there's no sort of modern restoration of what it would have looked like. But it's inspiring and just magnificent.

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Den Bosch, The Netherlands
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36 attraction reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 13, 2013 via mobile

Great colors and sculptures, just as a ruin should look like! Part of the palace tour. Nice to take some beautiful pictured out there

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