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Address: Canongate, Royal Mile, Edinburgh, Scotland
Phone Number: 0131/556-5100
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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... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed July 23, 2015
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Danville, Virginia

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

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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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 22, 2015 NEW

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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Melbourne, Australia
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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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Leicester, United Kingdom
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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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Lloydminster, Canada
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 8, 2015

I enjoy visiting churches, especially old ones. Sometimes there is beauty in the ruin. It's history!

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Durants Neck, North Carolina
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 4, 2015

Just wander around and imagine what this abbey would have looked like when it is built in the early 1100's. The abbey has been rebuilt several times since its creation, hence you can see the transition from the Romanesque style arches to the more Gothic style. This is adjacent to the Palace of the Holyroodhouse which is the royal residence... More 

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Dublin, Ireland
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 30, 2015

I loved this place, it seemed so peaceful and serene. It is next to Holyrood House so it is worth spending an extra few minutes visiting the Abbey. Zara Philips had her wedding photographs taken here - such a special venue. Enjoy the tranquility.

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Perth, Australia
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed June 8, 2015

It is good that you get to see this as part of the tour of Holyroodhouse Palace as it is not worth much time as a stand alone attraction. Very little sinage or information.

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Port Hope, Canada
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 3, 2015

Definitely a must see. Absolutely beautiful and historic inside and out and stunning gardens. Don't forget to stop in the gift shop as well.

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Address: Canongate, Royal Mile, Edinburgh, Scotland
Phone Number: 0131/556-5100
Location: Europe  >  United Kingdom (UK)  >  Scotland  >  Edinburgh>  > 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.
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