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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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Sun - Sat 9:30 am - 6:00 pm
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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An Edinburgh Must-See

Well worth a visit when you are in Edinburgh. There is a detailed and informative tour of the State rooms and also a visit to the Queen's gallery showing various pieces from the... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed March 29, 2015
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 29, 2015 NEW

Well worth a visit when you are in Edinburgh. There is a detailed and informative tour of the State rooms and also a visit to the Queen's gallery showing various pieces from the Royal Collection. The staff are very friendly, I would recommend this to all!

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 29, 2015 NEW

Great gift shop and tea room, worth having the included audio tour - no headset required, easy to use and bite size info so not boring. There is the option for additional info if interested which is a good option.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 29, 2015 NEW

Great palace to visit! It is different than other palaces because it is full of Scottish history and beauty. The gift shop is also cool because it sells copycat china that is used in the palace. There is a restaurant on the property that was very good as well.

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed March 28, 2015 NEW

By comparison to other royal palaces, this was a bit of a let down. Has the appearance of not being well looked after, very tatty in places. Felt it was overpriced.

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Bournemouth, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 28, 2015 NEW

A really interesting insight into the life of Mary Queen Of Scots. Thoroughly enjoyed wandering around this historic palace and abbey. It is all well presented and displayed. Such a pity this iconic and beautiful building is blighted by the hideous architecture of the Scottish Parliament Building opposite.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 26, 2015 NEW

wonderful tour. the audio guides are included and give a depth of experience. Wonderful to see a working palace. great place to hit the loo before Arthur's seat

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Pennsylvania
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 26, 2015 NEW

Nice to view palace, but better if you have significant interest in palace before hand. Would recommend visit when gardens open as grounds looked nice, but did not see.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 26, 2015 NEW

We left this until our last day in Edinburgh. I'm so glad we made time for it. There is so much history here. Loved seeing where Mary Queen of Scotts stayed. And where Lord Darnley's accomplices murdered Mary's private secretary, David Rizzio, right in front of the queen! Holyroodhouse Palace is the residence of the current royal family whenever they... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 25, 2015 NEW

Really enjoyed visiting this venue - a spectacular building with great surroundings. Right next to Arthur's Seat and the Parliament building.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 25, 2015 NEW

we would not have ventured in here normally but the weather was atrocious and we were glad to get out of it. the audio commentary we were given with headphones was really good and informative,loved the experience and learnt a lot more about the royalty and Scottish/English history and the royal family

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