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Holyrood Abbey

Address: Canongate, Royal Mile, Edinburgh, Scotland (Castle / Royal Mile / High St)
Phone Number: 0131/556-5100
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Ranked #31 of 195 Attractions in Edinburgh
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Type: Religious Sites, Historic Sites, Sights & Landmarks
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Type: Religious Sites, Historic Sites, Sights & Landmarks
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Chicago, Illinois
12 reviews 12 reviews
8 attraction reviews
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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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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28 attraction reviews
27 helpful votes 27 helpful votes
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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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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37 attraction reviews
44 helpful votes 44 helpful votes
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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46 reviews 46 reviews
19 attraction reviews
191 helpful votes 191 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
64 helpful votes 64 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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36 reviews 36 reviews
19 attraction reviews
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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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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