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Holyrood Abbey

Canongate, Royal Mile, Edinburgh, Scotland (Cowgate)
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Ranked #55 of 204 attractions in Edinburgh
Certificate of Excellence 2014
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Type: Religious Sites, Historic Sites
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13 reviews 13 reviews
8 attraction reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
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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39 helpful votes 39 helpful votes
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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26 reviews 26 reviews
20 attraction reviews
6 helpful votes 6 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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17 attraction reviews
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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24 helpful votes 24 helpful votes
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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25 attraction reviews
35 helpful votes 35 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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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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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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