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Address: Canongate, Royal Mile, Edinburgh, Scotland
Phone Number: 0131/556-5100
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Beauty in Ruin

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... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed July 4, 2015
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Durants Neck, North Carolina

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

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 NEW

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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Edinburgh
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 3, 2015

Beautiful ruins of an abbey in the grounds of the Palace of Holyrood. Entry is part of your ticket to Palace of Holyrood.

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Miami, Florida
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 2, 2015

This is supposed to be the last part of your self guided tour (with the audio guide) before heading to the gardens. I believe this part is only open during spring and summer. Try to go in a not so rainy day so you can enjoy the ruins better. It's so beautiful and full of life, even though the walls... More 

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Port Huron, Michigan
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 31, 2015

Holyrood Abbey is incredible beautiful. We first took a tour of the castle and heard some amazing history of Holyrood...the Abbey was a bonus. The Abbey is absolutely Incredible.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 28, 2015

Good way to finish up the tour after hearing about the gruesome, horrible life of Mary Queen of Scotts. This Abbey is nothing more then a couple minutes well spent.

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New York City, New York
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 19, 2015

Stunningly beautiful, this for me was one of my favorite things on the Holyrood Palace grounds. Included in the cost of your ticket don't skip this.

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Ipswich, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 5, 2015

The abbey is included in the ticket price for the Palace of Holyroodhouse. We opted not to do a guided tour but was very interesting to see.

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Address: 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.