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Holyrood Abbey

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Neighborhood: Castle / Royal Mile / High St
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Address: Canongate, Royal Mile, Edinburgh, Scotland
Phone Number: 0131/556-5100
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Fun and very interesting

This is part of a self-guided audio tour of Palace of Holyroodhouse so you can browse at your own pace (it's listed as a separate attraction on TA although they are both part of... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed February 20, 2015
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San Diego, California, United States
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San Diego, California, United States
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8 reviews 8 reviews
6 attraction reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 20, 2015

This is part of a self-guided audio tour of Palace of Holyroodhouse so you can browse at your own pace (it's listed as a separate attraction on TA although they are both part of the same tour). So much Scottish history took place here! The only disappointment was that the attached gardens were closed this time of year; be sure... More 

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Prague, Czech Republic
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32 reviews 32 reviews
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30 helpful votes 30 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 14, 2015

Very impressive, reminded me of the cathedral in St Andrews. Pity that the information is not more detailed, I couldn't even easily understand which parts of the abbey I can see around me and where the now demolished parts ones were...

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 27, 2015

Just at the end of the visit to Holyrood Palace we came to find the Ruins of Holyrood Abbey at the rear of the Palace....What an amazing find it was. This Abbey was once the place for burial of Scottish Monarchs and place for their coronation also.Its included in the ticket of Holyrood Palace.The Abbey remains are breath takingly lovely... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 3, 2015 via mobile

I am a sucker for any ruins and these were not a disappointment. Not much is left overall, but still a reminder of the history of the Church.

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Hillingdon
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 19, 2014

The abbey and house are beautiful, so much to see, just exudes history and are absolutely beautiful. Also visited Roslyn Chapel a "must see" when visiting Edinburgh well worth the trip out from the city.

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Blue Point, New York
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 12, 2014

This abbey is amazing. I think the fact that it is ruined makes it even more beautiful. I could have stayed there all day.

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Pennsylvania
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4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 7, 2014

I enjoy visiting churches and ruins - there's so much history echoing around as you walk among the remains of walls built so long ago. This was a tranquil place to visit and imagine past glory.

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Lancaster, UK
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 28, 2014

I have visited Edinburgh numerous times and never been here. A beautiful place and well worth a visit.

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Sarasota, FL
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 17, 2014

I agree with those, by the way, saying there's a sadness here. There is, simply because of the echoes of past grandeur. But there's still majesty here. The stones are still standing and - like a valued elder - still command respect. Take the time to view the inscriptions. Really great place which should yet stand for hundreds of years.

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Glasgow, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 8, 2014 via mobile

We visited the abbey as part of the ticket to the Holyrood Palace complex.A sad reminder of Scotland's violent religious wars and the destructive upheavals of the reformation. In its heyday the abbey would have been a colourful place of worship and quiet contemplation for the monks and the royal family who came to pray here. The mob even destroyed... More 

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