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Holyrood Abbey

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Southside & Holyrood
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Address: Canongate, Royal Mile, Edinburgh, Scotland
Phone Number: 0131/556-5100
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We visited during our visit to Hollyroodhouse Palace. Thanks to the audio we found this Abbey to be very interesting.

5 of 5 starsReviewed 3 days ago

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131 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 60 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

We visited during our visit to Hollyroodhouse Palace. Thanks to the audio we found this Abbey to be very interesting.

Thank magsHertfordshire
Nottingham, United Kingdom
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83 reviews
35 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 24 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

Interesting and pleasant ruin set in lovely grounds and adjacent parkland. It was pouring with rain when we were there so an umbrella was definitely necessary and we had to step around puddles. Would probably have been better in the summertime

Thank EML50
Panama City, Panama
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60 reviews
15 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 30 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

This is really the ruins next to the palace, but you can still see the beautiful architecture and building style of the era.

Thank Mia H
Edinburgh, United Kingdom
2 reviews
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Went here as I am interested in Scottish history and it was great. If you have a few hours to kill then put this on your itinerary.

Thank nathan f
Bruges, Belgium
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36 reviews
20 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 13 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

The holyrood abbey (at least what is left of it) is incredibly stunning. I believe it is the prettiest view in Edinburgh (next to Arthur's seat)

Thank Chabely_P
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6 reviews
6 attraction reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

These are majestic ruins with an interesting history. The tour guide was very knowledgeable and made the visit a great history lesson. Such a shame they are ruins as it would have been a magnificent building to behold in it's original state.

Thank Dominick B
Montreal, Canada
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27 reviews
6 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

It is hauntingly beautiful, on an overcast December morning, with no one near, just the wind and the promise of rain.

Thank Don J
Dublin, Ireland
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98 reviews
55 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 79 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

We got some great photos in here as the sun started to go down. Lovely end to our visit at the Hollyrood Palace.

Thank TeeMcPhee
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293 reviews
210 attraction reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Was great to see the ruins next to the palace. Plenty of photo opportunities it was a grey January day so made it look very spooky. Boards tell the history of the abbey as well as the headsets you get for going around the palace. If you go around the palace make sure you see the abbey ruins.

Thank Malc6262
London, United Kingdom
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15 reviews
12 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Not much of the Ancient Abbey remains, but on a grey rainy day it was very atmospheric. It is more about what once was there than what remains. The setting is wonderful next to Holyrood Palace, with the crags in the distance.

Thank 911Michael

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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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