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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 #10 of 207 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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Atlanta, Georgia, United States
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14 reviews 14 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 17, 2014 NEW

Lovely views of the city and a variety if trails to try. We hiked one of the shorter routes that only took about 90 minutes. Walked past Hollywood palace after then up the royal mile.

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Warwick, England, United Kingdom
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13 helpful votes 13 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 17, 2014 NEW

What a wonderful natural resource for the people of Edinburgh this is. If I lived in this city I would be often tempted to come and walk in Holyrood Park. It provides a perfect backdrop for the city, and an opportunity for exercise and relaxation, with the benefit of fabulous views.

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Hamilton, New Zealand
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15 attraction reviews
10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 16, 2014 NEW

Our second time visiting this attraction and we saw even more this time with more rooms being open to view than on our previous visit. Fully recommend this to anyone visiting Edinburgh

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 14, 2014 via mobile

Nice, easy hike with more challenging choices. Started at the base near Holyrood Park Road and finished at the royal palace. Some of the best views of the city that I found. Well worth the effort and makes for a good early morning jaunt before things open up.

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Vienna
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35 helpful votes 35 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 12, 2014

The whole "ambiente" of the palace and the gardens enjoying step by step the palace,the Abbey and at the end the delight of holyrood park

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Perth, Australia
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 11, 2014

Our visit to Holyrood was interesting and informative. Really enjoyed the palace and learning about Mary Queen of Scots.

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Chard
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 10, 2014

I have known of the existence of Arthur's seat for years. What I hadn't anticipated at all was the size of the rock... It is mind blowingly massive. Walking through the park makes you think you are so much further away from the centre of Edinburgh than you are. Go there!

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Manitoba
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 10, 2014

I haven't been here in this palace since 1999 - didn't have time this year. I have very good memories though. Sad I couldn't go this trip.

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Bristol, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 10, 2014

Lovely house, and guides very smartly dressed. Audio in every room which helped us enjoy it even more.

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Dubai, United Arab Emirates
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 10, 2014

Definitely go for it, if the weather is nice, don't think twice. The view from top is amazing. The walk to the top could be quite steep in some parts, so put on trainers and take some water. But it is a good workout and you can chill on top with an amazing view over the city.

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