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Palace of Holyroodhouse

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Address: Canongate, Edinburgh EH8 8DX, Scotland
Phone Number: +44 131 556 1096
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Recommended length of visit: 2-3 hours
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Description: The Palace of Holyroodhouse is the official residence in Scotland of Her...
The Palace of Holyroodhouse is the official residence in Scotland of Her Majesty The Queen. The palace stands at the end of Edinburgh's Royal Mile against the spectacular backdrop of Arthur's Seat. This fine palace is closely associated with Scotland's rich history and is used by The Queen when carrying out official engagements in Scotland. The State Apartments reflect the changing tastes of successive monarchs, and are renowned for their fine plasterwork ceilings and unrivalled collection of Brussels tapestries. They are furnished with numerous fine paintings and other works of art, many of which have long associations with Holyroodhouse. The visit to Holyroodhouse includes Mary, Queen of Scots' Chambers and the Darnley Rooms, the setting for many dramatic episodes in Mary's short and turbulent reign. In the Palace's west corner tower are Mary's Bedchamber, described as 'the most famous room in Scotland', and her Outer Chamber, the scene of the murder of her Italian secretary, David Rizzio'. During the summer months, you can join a guided tour of Holyrood Abbey, which lies adjacent to the Palace in the spectacular setting of Arthur's Seat. Escorted by Wardens dressed in their ancient hunting Stewart tartan, you will learn about the building's extraordinary history.
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Beautiful views of Arthur's Seat from all over the palace. Fascinating audio tour included in the price. The Mary Queen of Scots quarters and Abbey ruins are a must.

4 of 5 starsReviewed August 31, 2015
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Mainz, Germany
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 18 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 31, 2015 NEW

There are already lots of informative reviews of the palace but as I couldn't find one of the palace cafe ... here it is. The cafe is inside the palace grounds but still in the area accessible without a ticket (just across the courtyard from the gift shop) - so perfect for anyone who'd rather have a leisurely cuppa instead... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 31, 2015 NEW

Beautiful views of Arthur's Seat from all over the palace. Fascinating audio tour included in the price. The Mary Queen of Scots quarters and Abbey ruins are a must.

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Denver, Colorado
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 31, 2015 NEW

Great for history buffs and those that like royal history. Full of neat artifacts and haunting stories. I wouldn't pay to go again, but I am glad I saw it, at least once.

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Ongar
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 31, 2015 NEW

We visited not knowing what to expect and was pleasantly surprised. The audio was informative but sufficiently brief not to have to go around with the thing glued to your ear. Didn't realise that the events of Mary Queen of Scots and the Rizzio murder took place here. To visit the very spot brought history to life. Afterwards we walked... More 

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Cardiff, United Kingdom
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 31, 2015 NEW

Nice to see but fairly boring..not that much to see really compared to somewhere like Osborne house on the Isle of wight

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Ottawa, Canada
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 30, 2015 NEW

If you're doing Arthur's Seat then adding on a tour of the Palace just makes sense to get the whole experience of Holyrood. The tour is great because they have free audio headsets which provide helpful details and commentary as you tour the castle. The tour took about 45 mins. The history revolves around Mary Queen of Scots and is... More 

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Rugby, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 30, 2015 NEW

Was a bit worried my 11year old would be bored but the free handheld audio devices kept him interested in all the history especially as there was lots of scandal and gore. Very well thought out as was never too crowded considering busiest time of year. Well worth a visit.

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Oxford, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 30, 2015 NEW

We spent a good few hours here. Its easy to get to from the centre of the city and I felt it was quite good value for money especially as you get an informative audio guide. The staff that we came across were all friendly and knowledgeable and clearly enjoyed there jobs. The food and drink in the restaurant where... More 

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Calgary, Canada
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 29, 2015 NEW

Home to the Queen when she is in Scotland this attraction oozes history but do not bring young children. Lots of old rooms, furniture, vestitures and stories but all static for viewing. No hands on things here so much better suited for those who seek history. Audiophones provide a wealth of information, perhaps too much at times but these phones... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 29, 2015 NEW

I was more than impressed with this lovely palace and all it had to offer! For someone like me who doesn't like history I found this place very interesting and especially liked the free audio guide which you could use to navigate through and learn more about the history!

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Southside & Holyrood
Many of Edinburgh’s student hangouts gather around university buildings in Southside, the sort of neighborhood that supports a long string of second-hand shops and eateries serving ethnic food for just a few pounds. In August the student population is replaced by vast numbers of boisterous visitors here for the Fringe, Edinburgh’s world-class comedy and arts festival which headquarters itself here. Flanking Southside are two great parks. The Meadows is a vast flat and sporty space where football, rugby, tennis, cricket, croquet, and golf often all take place side by side. Kids in its big playgrounds add to the joyful noise. Far bigger and much wilder, Holyrood Park extends to the east and provides a real hike up Arthur’s Seat, but the district is best known as the site of Scotland’s Parliament and its premier Royal Palace—and their steady stream of sightseers.
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