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Address: Canongate, Royal Mile, Edinburgh, Scotland
Phone Number: 0131/556-5100
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Really enjoyed looking round the old abbey ruins and the house adjacent, the house is mostly inside but the ruins are open air.

4 of 5 starsReviewed 5 days ago
JmsnMary M
London, United Kingdom

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London, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

Really enjoyed looking round the old abbey ruins and the house adjacent, the house is mostly inside but the ruins are open air.

Thank JmsnMary M
Greater Newcastle, Australia
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

Amazing feeling in the ruin. Scary gargoiles and a pious almost prayerful ambience. You come to it from the Holy rood palace as the last item in the audio tour before exiting through the gift shop

Thank Kerrylee M
Melbourne, Australia
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 42 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago NEW

A well preserved ruin as part of the Palace tour. In the gardens so very easy to access. Not overly disable friendly because of the rough paths. Wheel chairs will need a carer to push. The whole paalce is hard for the disable. But most ancient buildings are.

Thank BeachFamily00
Flanders, New Jersey
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

The Palace, the Abbey and the gardens surrounding the palace with views of Arthur's Seat makes for a spectacular experience. We were lucky to have visited on a particularly lovely, sunny, 65 degree day which made it even more enjoyable. Enjoyed a great lunch in the cafe palace!

Thank Diane O
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

You can only visit the abbey in combination with the palace. We receive a (free) audio tour for the palace and the abbey.

Thank J-Klijsen
Terschuur, The Netherlands
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

The abbey is wonderfull and actually is quite hidden from view behind the palace. Stormed by anti-catholics it is still a perfect example of such an abbey.

Thank Titus K
Adelaide, Australia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

We had thoroughly enjoyed our audio-guided tour of the Palace of Hollyroodhouse. The ruins of the abbey was the last stop before we proceeded to a stroll around the gardens, on the way to the gift shop at the exit. We had discussed whether or not it was worth taking the time to look at the ruins. When we arrived... More 

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Black Country
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Wish we could have spent longer here but by the time we had finished the tour of the house it was getting dark.

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Houston, Texas
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

When in Edinburgh be sure to include this in experiencing the city. It was part of the Holyrood Palace tour and if you enjoy history, which I do, you look in wonder at the ruins and can feel the history come alive and how beautiful the Abbey in its complete beauty. You can image how royalty lived, ruled, betrayed and... More 

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Seneca, South Carolina
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

The amount of detail that can still be seen in these ruins is amazing. The arched windows that stand empty, you can imagine the beautiful glass that once adorned this sacred place.

Thank Janet W

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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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