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Holyrood Park

Holyrood Park Road, Edinburgh EH16 5BT, Scotland (Holyrood/Scottish Parliament)
+44 (0)131 652 8150
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Ranked #9 of 197 attractions in Edinburgh
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Type: Parks, Castles
Activities: Hiking
Fee: No
Recommended length of visit: 1-2 hours
Owner description: Holyrood Park is a unique historic landscape in the heart of the city, whose dramatic crags and hills give Edinburgh its distinctive skyline. Within... more » Owner description: Holyrood Park is a unique historic landscape in the heart of the city, whose dramatic crags and hills give Edinburgh its distinctive skyline. Within the park is a wealth of history and archaeology spanning thousands of years. Arthur's Seat is one of four hill forts, dating from around 2,000 years ago. As well as it's rich cultural heritage, the park offers walks, solace, wildlife, volcanic geology and unparalleled vistas of the city from its many vantage points. « less
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Edinburgh
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15 reviews 15 reviews
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20 helpful votes 20 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 16, 2014 NEW

This huge open space next to Holyrood Palace is the Queen's back garden when she is in Edinburgh. Calling it a park is really a bit of a misnomer, it is a vast area of several square miles, always open and used by the general public daily, there is no charge. There are three lochs in the park teaming with... More

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Edinburgh, United Kingdom
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2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 15, 2014 NEW

Take in all the landmarks close by and enjoy the wide open space available, suitable for all, let the children rum wild and take in a picnic

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Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
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43 helpful votes 43 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 15, 2014 NEW

I found Holyrood Park because of the movie One Day ..... The plan initially was to hike up Arthurs Seat but because I had done a hike earlier at St abbs, I thought I should just drive and hike. It was a beautiful sunny day and we decided to buy a sandwich lunch and hike up. However, the driving route... More

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Cumbria
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10 attraction reviews
11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 13, 2014 NEW

I liked everything about our visit made all the more pleasant by great weather! The landscape is amazing so close to the city!

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Salem, Oregon
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7 attraction reviews
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 12, 2014 NEW

The park was a welcome bit of quiet and space after a couple of days on the Royal Mile. Near the top of Arthur's Seat it started getting windy, so a hood or cap would be recommended.

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Wolverhampton, United Kingdom
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed April 10, 2014

After visiting the royal yacht Brittany which was great Holyrood house was a major disappointment not interesting in any way even the gardens were a flop for me anyway but Edinburgh in general was fantastic

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Winona, Minnesota, United States
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3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 9, 2014

HolyroodHouse and Abby are amazing pieces of history. Touring the Palace is a must, and we were especially taken by visiting the the tower in which Mary Queen of Scots lived. We would have liked to visit the Queen's Gallery but we were short on time. We wanted to take some of the walks through Holyrood Park on the cloudless... More

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Istanbul, Turkey
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 9, 2014

just start walking form old town, you'll be there anyhow. Nice area to forget the city voices and feeling leisures also with seeing old churches and Scottish monument

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Welling, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 8, 2014

Liked that you could walk around at your own pace, with a audio guide. Recommend taking your own headphones as your arm beings to ache with holding the guide,

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 6, 2014

It was a wet and windy day when we visited. Holyrood Park is open space in the heart of the city covering an area of 640 acres, the park is of archaeological and natural heritage interest. Holyrood Park forms an iconic part of Edinburgh’s skyline with Arthur's Seat being the best known fort. We walked part of the area and... More

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