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Holyrood Abbey

Address: Canongate, Royal Mile, Edinburgh, Scotland (Cowgate)
Phone Number: 0131/556-5100
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$22*
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Edinburgh City Hop-on Hop-off Tour
81%
Ranked #40 of 155 Attractions in Edinburgh
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Type: Religious Sites, Historic Sites, Cultural
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Pennsylvania
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24 reviews 24 reviews
7 attraction reviews
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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166 helpful votes 166 helpful votes
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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29 reviews 29 reviews
4 attraction reviews
63 helpful votes 63 helpful votes
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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Sarasota, Florida
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14 helpful votes 14 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 10, 2014

Not just another abbey.... Since Commonwealth games were being held in Glasgow, memorabilia from games gone by were in two rooms showcasing a variety of countries gifts to the current queen. Worth a trip to see the grounds and rooms.

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Seattle, Washington
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 31, 2014

In your ticket for Hollywood Palace, the Abbey is also included. It is on the rear of the palace and worth seeing for its ancient history. The Abbey was once the place for burial of Scottish Monarchs and place for their coronation also. You can come across many anecdotes of History when you take the audio tour. This is highly... More

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Ridgetown
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182 helpful votes 182 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 30, 2014

If you visit Holyrood Palace, then you must visit the Abby. It's part of the admission price and equally interesting. Founded in 1128, there is a lot of history within these walls.

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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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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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8 helpful votes 8 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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