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Palace of Holyroodhouse

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Address: Canongate, Edinburgh EH8 8DX, Scotland
Phone Number: 443031237306
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9:30 am - 6:00 pm
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Sun - Sat 9:30 am - 6:00 pm
Recommended length of visit: 2-3 hours
Fee: Yes

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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Loved Holyrood Palace

My favorite place to visit in Edinburgh so far. We were only here for two days so we didn't get to see everything on our list. This was a beautiful place to walk around and tour... read more

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West Milford, New Jersey

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West Milford, New Jersey
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed yesterday NEW

My favorite place to visit in Edinburgh so far. We were only here for two days so we didn't get to see everything on our list. This was a beautiful place to walk around and tour. The grounds are amazing. Don't miss this place.

Thank Kristine K
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed yesterday NEW via mobile

A beautiful palace in a gorgeous setting. The audio guide was really easy to use and very interesting. Really enjoyed finding out more about Mary Queen of Scots.

Thank Nicholsbex
Newmarket, Canada
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed yesterday NEW

I love visiting historic royal palaces/castles, having been to a few other properties operated by the Royal Collection Trust, the Palace of Holyroodhouse did not disappoint! Excellent tour. I greatly enjoyed getting an understanding of the evolution of the palace from the time of Mary Queen of Scots up until the present. The grounds surrounding the palace are just as... More 

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York, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed yesterday NEW

Holyrood House is the Queens official residence in Edinburgh and well worth the visit. Do not miss the Mary Queen of Scots wing in here happened some of the most dramatic parts of the royal history of Scotland. It also houses a fascinating collections of rare artefacts, some of which are tributes to belonging to Mary, including the skull of... More 

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Alnwick, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

Have been to Edinburgh many times but not visited Holyrood - definitely worth a visit! Fascinating look inside the house and gardens with a commentary (on a hand held mobile type device) which was not too long but full of little gems of information about the history and the current way the royals use the house.

Thank Jackie504032
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

Good audio guilde, not in Norwegian but a lot of other languages. 2 hours with history and we found it really interesting.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

The outside is superb, the inside is impressive but don't expect awesome décor. Wheelchair users have access to everywhere except Mary Queen of Scots' apartments and there is an excellent video of these in the gallery/ballroom. The gardens are closed in winter but can be seen from the first floor windows. The audio guide is great and the staff very... More 

Thank Keith D
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 days ago NEW via mobile

Now we know that Her Majesty the Queen Elizabeth only uses this for state occasions such as 'Order of the Thistle' and we were not expecting a fully working palace. However to ask to charge 'gift aid' on top of the £12 admission fee is a bit much. Given her wealth I'm sure she could afford the upkeep. You are... More 

Thank Kevin B
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

We walked to the Palace of Holyroodhouse. The entrance price is reasonable and includes a fabulous audio set which is very informative. Both inside the palace and outside are full of history.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 5 days ago NEW via mobile

Very interesting visit and the audio guide was first class. Spent about an hour and a half going through the Palace at our own pace. Very nice cafe beside the Queens Gallery - scones to die for! Lots of priceless treasures on view - the paintings are spectacular.

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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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