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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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Fascinating historical visit

We ran into the Palace with minimum time but managed to get through the Palace rooms in their entirety. If you love History, Art and Architecture, visit here. The Abbey ruins are... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed January 24, 2015
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 24, 2015 NEW

We ran into the Palace with minimum time but managed to get through the Palace rooms in their entirety. If you love History, Art and Architecture, visit here. The Abbey ruins are also lovely to stand within. Our only regret was the gardens were closed for Winter, but the rest of the Palace was magnificent.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 24, 2015 NEW

Holyrood Park offers you a piece of the Lake District National Park in the middle of a huge city. From lakes, to 800ft rocky hills, it adds very much to Edinburgh and makes Edinburgh unique in that sense. I haven't been to a major city that you can go hiking in! Very special.

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Leighton Buzzard, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 19, 2015

This is really a great place to visit and well worth the money. The talking guide recording was free and really helps as you walk through the rooms The detail and historical information is amazing, would hope to visit in summer to view gardens

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Kundibakh
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 12, 2015

Well worth a visit. Well displayed and interesting. The audio tour is well worthwhile, giving an excellent insight into the palace. Lovely grounds.

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Nottingham, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 7, 2015

So close to the city and amazing views of the city and Firth of Forth, especially from the top of Arthur's Seat. Plenty of car parking space.

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Cheltenham, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 6, 2015

We enjoyed our visit to the Palace of Holyrood house the audio handsets give a comprehensive guided tour of the main parts of the house, state apartments , Mary Queen of scots chambers etc. There is something special about standing in rooms where the queen still holds state meetings, There was plenty to keep us occupied and intrigued enough to... More 

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Prestatyn
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 4, 2015

Accessed several ways, but easy from Holyrood Palace. Wear some walking shoes and enjoy one or two of the paths or brave the elements and climb Arthur's Seat. All round you will be rewarded with wonderful city views and beyond.

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Bath, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 4, 2015

We walked past Holyrood whilst on a morning hike along Arthur's Seat. Although we didn't pay to get in it is well worth a visit.

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Colchester, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 3, 2015

Great views and plenty of fresh air! Some of the trails are quite rough on the feet and when went can be very slippery!!

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Montreal, Canada
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 1, 2015

What a great experience! Climb Arthur's seat and cruise around the park. Friendly people and great shops/pubs close by.

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