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Palace of Holyroodhouse

Canongate, Edinburgh EH8 8DX, Scotland
+44 131 556 1096
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Ranked #16 of 155 Attractions in Edinburgh
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Type: Castles, Historic Sites, Cultural
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Recommended length of visit: 2-3 hours
Owner description: 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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Jersey, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 25, 2014 NEW

An excellent insight to a beautiful royal palace. Very helpful staff and informative audio commentary. Amazing that the Queen uses this palace today and that you can visit it.

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Burton upon Trent, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 25, 2014 NEW

This I can honestly say was one of the best attractions we saw at the weekend. We bought the royal Edinburgh ticket which gave us entry into this and 2 other places and allowed us to get on and off the tour busses. Check last entrance times as they change during summer and winter. The palace is beautiful and grand... More

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Lier Municipality, Norway
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 24, 2014 NEW

The historie Appartsment : Mars Queens of Scots' Chambers. Fashinating. The State Appartsments is the Queens official residens in Scotland. All is very interresting. So much to Learn.

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Osprey, Florida
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 23, 2014 NEW

We went to visit the Palace when we visited Edinburgh during the Edinburgh festival. While the excitement of the event was thrilling, we felt the need to go somewhere a little quieter and we are so glad we did. Wandering through the Palace you got a sense of the history of Scotland and the stories of Mary Queen of Scots.... More

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Chichester, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 22, 2014 NEW

Steeped in history, another must see whilst in Edinburgh. As with other Royal palaces you get full access to all the state apartments with a good recorded commentary so you can go at your own pace.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 21, 2014 NEW

I was visiting the Royal Palace besides its beautiful surrounding park and gardens and the historic ruins of Holyrood Abbey and I was specially emotioned when I saw there those close remains and memories from Scotland's History key character of Mary Queen of Scots. Of course I couldn't take any pictures inside the palace! ( I bought a guide and... More

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Rome, Italy
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 21, 2014 NEW

Absolutely to see! the palace is wonderful and the ticket has a reasonable cost. You also can see the ruins of the Holyrood Abbey: the most beautiful thing!

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Cape Town Central, South Africa
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 21, 2014 NEW

The long walk down Royal Mile in Edinburgh to this lovely Palace seeped in history was at the end of our day! Make sure you have enough time to explore and visit this place as we felt rushed as we only had an hour before closing! Audio tours are excellent and well executed giving thorough information for the traveller about... More

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Milton, Massachusetts
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 20, 2014 NEW

Holyrood joins the past with the present, given that it is such an historic structure and is still in use with the royal family. Architectural design and features, furnishings, paintings, tapestries, art work, gardens are there for one to behold. ...and then there is all the history. A veritable feast for the eyes and mind !

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London, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 20, 2014 NEW

The Palace of Holyrood House is important not only because it is the formal residence in Scotland of Her Majesty The Queen but also because it was the scene of one of the most telling acts in the history of the succession of the sovereign in what was to become the United Kingdom. The Palace was restored and extended by... More

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