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Holyrood Park

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Address: Holyrood Park Road, Edinburgh EH16 5BT, Scotland
Phone Number: +44 (0)131 652 8150
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Recommended length of visit: 1-2 hours
Fee: No
Activities: Hiking
Description: Holyrood Park is a unique historic landscape in the heart of the city...
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.
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Holyrood House and Abby

HolyroodHouse and Abby are amazing places. 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... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed March 31, 2015
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 31, 2015 NEW

HolyroodHouse and Abby are amazing places. 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 as it was a lovely... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 31, 2015 NEW

This tour was very good value for money as with the entry fee a audio guide is included which is not always the case. It gave you the option to find out more about specific things that interest you and also the option to skip to other sections which is great. The staff on site were very helpful and were... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 31, 2015 NEW

Audio guide is included in the ticket price - the audio is actually very long for each room and I found my attention wandering which meant I had to re-listen to some sections. The palace itself is beautifully maintained and interesting to look around. The tour took around 2 hours but we were working through at a slow pace. It... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 31, 2015 NEW

This park lets you climb up Salisbury Crags, which, if you are not adventurous enough to climb up Arthur's Seat, nonetheless gives you great views of the beautiful city.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 30, 2015 NEW

Loved walking the halls of the palace and outside in the Abbey and gardens. A historical walk back in time! Excellent for families or serious history buffs!

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 30, 2015 NEW

The Scottish palace, ... Just simply stunning, full of history and modern royal life, Spent a long time just looking, and taking in all that history that has taken place here... It's what the Royal family is about !!

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Derby, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 29, 2015 NEW

Excellent audio tour, easy to operate bite size info so not boring and no headset required! The option for more info if you are particularly interested is good. Friendly staff, great gift shop and tea room. Not too busy when we went round which made for a relaxed unhurried visit.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 26, 2015 NEW

truly impressive. great tour - love the audio. interesting to tour a working palace. great place to hit the loo before attempting Arthur's seat!

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 26, 2015 NEW

if you want to see how the Royal family lived and lives then don't miss this site. Wander through the rooms, abbey, and castle to get a taste of how they lived. Be sure to take the time to visit Mary, Queen of Scots' apartment.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 25, 2015 NEW

Holyrood park is a lovely change from the hustle and bustle of the royal mile etc. Take a short walk around the tarn which has swans and ducks. Very tranquil. Only a ten minute walk away. Holyrood parliament worth a visit too. You have the palace too. Arthur's seat can be a good challenge to take on a fine day!... More 

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