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Palace of Holyroodhouse

Canongate, Edinburgh EH8 8DX, Scotland
44-131-556-1096
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As featured in 3 days in Edinburgh
Ranked #18 of 204 attractions in Edinburgh
Certificate of Excellence 2014
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Type: Historic Sites, Castles
Fee: Yes
Recommended length of visit: 2-3 hours
Description: This is an official residence of the Queen and the Royal Family.
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Attard, Malta
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24 reviews 24 reviews
12 attraction reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 25, 2014 NEW

As a fan of anything related to the Monarchy, I loved this palace. It's not that big so can easily be done in an hour/hour and a half. Inside there's some lovely portraits and the private rooms of amary Queen of Scots. The audio guide is very helpful and informative, I think it's brilliant that it is offered for free.... More

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San Jose, California
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9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 24, 2014 NEW

Enjoyed the tour of this palace for its history. They have an audio tour to explain the various exhibits and events.

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Carbondale, PA
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30 reviews 30 reviews
25 attraction reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 24, 2014 NEW

For some reason, I had heard much less about this palace than Edinburgh Castle. I am so glad I researched it before our trip and resolved to go. It was much older and neater than I would have thought. Mary Queen of Scots history in the palace was fascinating.

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Tucson, Arizona
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33 reviews 33 reviews
18 attraction reviews
11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 24, 2014 NEW

The audio guide that comes with the price of admission is quite thorough and helpful, as you take in the rich history of this Scottish palace. It gives you a feel of how Scottish royalty lived. Do visit the surrounding gardens. They are lovely.It's all worth the price of admission.

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 24, 2014 NEW

Wasn't on our tour list but got a ticket with our bus tours ticket. Was interesting but didn't find it amazing, for us wasn't as good as the castle and didn't feel we would have missed much if not visited.

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Manchester-by-the-Sea, Massachusetts
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3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 24, 2014 NEW

As a fan of royal biographies, I had read that of Mary, Queen of Scots several times. Seeing the location of some of the key (and tragic) events in her life was quite moving. This is a working palace, and home to some of the royals when they come to Edinburgh. Access to the (presumably) more modern living quarters is... More

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Perth, United Kingdom
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3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 24, 2014 NEW

We arrived at about 3-4 pm on a weekday and walked in with no queues. The audio handset was a great accompaniment whilst walking around. It was detailed enough and had extra settings for those who wanted a little more information. Photos are not allowed inside the palace but we got some lovely ones in the grounds, abbey and with... More

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Dallas, Texas
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3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 23, 2014 NEW

The Palace of Holyrood House is lovely! We enjoyed seeing inside the palace and learning the history. It was not as crowded as Edinburgh Castle.

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London, United Kingdom
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68 helpful votes 68 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 22, 2014 NEW

Like Buckingham Palace in London, Holyroodhouse and its gardens are run by the Crown in a very well organized, efficient fashion, which makes visiting both easy and informative. A beautiful and historic palace where the Queen stays when visiting Edinburgh. Was not nearly as crowded as Edinburgh Castle at the other end of town. The audio guide is a huge... More

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Woodinville, Washington, United States
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 20, 2014 NEW

Liked wandering through the different castle rooms. The queens uses the residence in summer month Staff were friendy

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