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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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The Palace

A very worthwhile visit, excellently presented and the audio guide was superb, history comes alive. A definite visit if in Edinburgh

5 of 5 starsReviewed March 2, 2015
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Solihull
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 2, 2015 NEW

A very worthwhile visit, excellently presented and the audio guide was superb, history comes alive. A definite visit if in Edinburgh

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Bonnybridge, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 26, 2015

This is worth a drive round or walk if you are feeling fit, the views from the top over Edinburgh and the river forth make it worthwhile .

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Manchester, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 25, 2015

First of all, i absolutely love this park! Being a fan of nature and natural beautiful landscapes, i really enjoyed wandering around, climbing up and down. However, for several times, many people were asking us which direction was to Arthur's seat. We couldn't reply at first because we also had no idea. And that is the only problem with this... More 

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Vieille-Toulouse, France
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 22, 2015

Right next to the cty center this park makes you feel like you are in the middle of the highlands (not as big of course). It a really nice place for a walk but you will need good shoes. There is a wonderful view of the city if you can make it to the top.

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Strathaven, United Kingdom
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64 helpful votes 64 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 21, 2015

The park is a beautiful place to explore with great views and lots of history and pre-history. Not many signs so make sure to pick up Historic Scotland's map and guide. Sturdy shoes recommended as paths in the park are rugged with some rough steps, especially going up to the top. Some areas can be slippy. Skip it unless it... More 

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Toronto
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 21, 2015

Really nicely maintained, with trails and sprawling green space. This is a really large area, so you can choose to hang out along trails where a lot of tourists are, or go forge your own way. Really nice outdoor activity in the middle of Edinburgh, and I loved that it's basically this giant green, peaceful space in the middle of... More 

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Edinburgh, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 21, 2015

Great place to go if you visit edinburgh, but only in good weather conditions. Nice walks and good views. Holyrood House is only additional attraction to this nice place!

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Stoke-on-Trent, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 20, 2015

With attractions like this, striking the balance between providing enough information without losing the interest of the visitor is quite difficult, however, this attraction is perfect, the audio guides being a complete masterstroke of enjoyment.

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Cambridge, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 18, 2015

An interesting and free tour of the building, including access to the debating chamber. Fascinating building, with maybe a bit too much symbolism built in to it. The guide (from Portugal!) was very knowledgeable about the structure, the design, and the political processes that take place there. Highly recommended.

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Tynemouth
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 18, 2015

A very informative tour for all the family. If you visit with children during school holidays the Palace staff put on activities for children auch as story telling, crafts and dressing up. Each person gets an audio device which gives excellent information about each room and the fascinating history. In addition, there was a guide in every room who were... More 

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