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Address: Canongate, Royal Mile, Edinburgh, Scotland
Phone Number: 0131/556-5100
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Fascinating part of Holyrood Palace tour

You'll first see the palace and the the Abbey at the end. I took a lot of pictures of the ancient walls and ruins. Very interesting part of the tour.

5 of 5 starsReviewed August 30, 2015
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Ottawa, Canada
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 30, 2015 NEW

You'll first see the palace and the the Abbey at the end. I took a lot of pictures of the ancient walls and ruins. Very interesting part of the tour.

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Atlanta, Georgia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 26, 2015 NEW

You can take some great photos here. One can imagine it's splendor of days gone by. You'll tour the still occupied palace first and end up here.

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Claremont, California
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 25, 2015 NEW

I'm very glad that I was able to see the abbey, which is the inspiration for Mendelssohn's Scottish Symphony. Of course, it is attached to the Palace of Holyroodhouse (in fact, to see the abbey, one must go see the palace), and it now doesn't quite have the Romantic atmosphere that inspired Mendelssohn (who saw it in moonlight). Of course,... More 

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scotland
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 25, 2015 NEW

This Abbey is attached to Holyrood Palace even though it is managed by Historic Scotland. The Abbey has a wealth of history and if you can I would recommend going on one of the Abbey tours, the guides are very knowledgeable and are happy to answer any questions that you may have. Defiantly worth a visit as too are the... More 

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Chicago, Illinois
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 14, 2015

Gorgeous ruins attached to the palace - so much history and romance - a must do for history and design buffs!

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Danville, Virginia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 23, 2015

This is essentially Holyrood Palace (which plows right through it). The abbey is really cool because there are diagrams of what it used to look like- it has definitely gone to ruins!

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Washington
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 27 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 22, 2015

I agree with other reviewers that this place is worth a quick visit. I also think that using the audio device really enhances the tour of this place. Unlike some museum audio device, many to which I get bored listening, this device offers many interesting facts and history behind the scenes. The tour also flows better using the device.

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Vancouver Island, Canada
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 19, 2015

I decided to walk around the ruins of Holyrood Abbey after visiting the nearby Palace of Holyroodhouse and am I ever glad I did. It was haunting strolling inside the building and looking up at the sky through the ruins. Definitely a must visit if you're visiting the Palace, but don't expect much.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 13, 2015

Even if you are not a huge fan of palaces, it is worth paying to go into Holyrood House just to see the Abbey. An incredible experience to stand within its walls and know the history that has taken place there.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 13, 2015

Not much more than a ruin now but obviously steeped in history. Worth seeing and trying to imagine what it looked like in its heyday.

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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.
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