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Holyrood Abbey

Canongate, Royal Mile, Edinburgh, Scotland (Cowgate)
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Ranked #61 of 207 Attractions in Edinburgh
Certificate of Excellence 2014
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Type: Religious Sites, Historic Sites
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Sarasota, Florida
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11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 10, 2014

Not just another abbey.... Since Commonwealth games were being held in Glasgow, memorabilia from games gone by were in two rooms showcasing a variety of countries gifts to the current queen. Worth a trip to see the grounds and rooms.

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Seattle, Washington
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 31, 2014

In your ticket for Hollywood Palace, the Abbey is also included. It is on the rear of the palace and worth seeing for its ancient history. The Abbey was once the place for burial of Scottish Monarchs and place for their coronation also. You can come across many anecdotes of History when you take the audio tour. This is highly... More

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 30, 2014

If you visit Holyrood Palace, then you must visit the Abby. It's part of the admission price and equally interesting. Founded in 1128, there is a lot of history within these walls.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 13, 2014

My son Adam an I visited Holyrood an its beautiful Gardens. Its at the bottom of Authurs Seat which makes a wonderful view. Holyrood is a must see when your in Edinburgh. The Queen stays there when shes in Edinburgh too. The paintings are stunning an the beauty of the Palace is amazing . It is a wonderful place to... More

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Louisville, Kentucky
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 11, 2014

It's utterly heartbreaking. I think we just stood there for 5 minutes starring. It's beautiful in a haunting way.

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Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates
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8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 28, 2014

The place is truly ancient, seeing the graves of those buried there and how the Abbey looked like almost 500 years ago was a powerful experience,I spent half an hour there just absorbing the small details, the designs, imagining the history that unfolded there. If you're in holyrood palace do not miss visiting the Abbey which is only a few... More

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22 helpful votes 22 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed June 6, 2014

It was worth the visit.....As the history related to the attraction has a wonderful story to it...and the way it has been preserved. ...It is something that you will remember.

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Kenai, Alaska
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 29, 2014

As you end your tour of the Palace of Holyroodhouse, you'll find yourself in the Abbey ruins. Ancient, beautify, and a bit spooky. Definitely worth a visit and excellent photo opportunities for those who are into statuary and cemetery photography.

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Moscow, Russia
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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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38 helpful votes 38 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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