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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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This was part of a package we bought, and was the least anticipated section. We were wrong! We had an amazing, educational time. All of the staff were extremely helpful and... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed July 28, 2015
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 28, 2015 NEW via mobile

This was part of a package we bought, and was the least anticipated section. We were wrong! We had an amazing, educational time. All of the staff were extremely helpful and knowledgeable. We had a great time, and the cafe food was lovely too.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 28, 2015 NEW

Holyroodhouse Palace is an amazing building. If you can borrow one of those audio tour guides and walk around at your leisure. The information about the historical aspects of the palace is something I particularly enjoyed. In addition there are many opportunities for photographs in the grounds.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 27, 2015 NEW

We visited Holyroodhouse today at 9:30am. We had it to ourselves before any groups came. The many Royal Apartments, other rooms, and treasures were fit for a Queen and King. We were allowed to take photos outside and in the gardens, but not once inside. If you go, get there early to truly enjoy the treasure and history there.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 27, 2015 NEW

We had a tour and afternoon tea at the Palace of Holyroodhouse. The tour is interesting, especially when you remember this is still a working palace. We had afternoon tea in the garden outside the cafe. It was a little confusing as the cafeteria is mostly counter service. You have to find a staff member and ask to be set... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 27, 2015 NEW

Only had 24 hours in Edinburgh.... Best thing we did. Wonderful place to see. Lots to see. Fantastic gift shop. Lovely Cafe.

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Toronto, Canada
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 27, 2015 NEW

Good to visit for its historical significance and for the stunning ruins of the old Abbey. During my visit the rooms included running home movies of the royal family which added to the experience.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 27, 2015 NEW

Holyrood is a must for those who know anything about Scottish history, but also interesting for those who aren't. Beautiful furnishings fill the Palace, but a favorite of mine is the ruins of Holyrood Abbey. The architecture is amazing though in ruins. As a guess, the back garden is now open due to the recent discovery of part of the... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 27, 2015 NEW

We didn't have much time so we just did the tour of the palace but you can also visit the gardens and the Queen's Gallery, a selection of the Queen's private collection of works of art. There is a small kiosk for ticket sales but if there's a queue remember you can also buy tickets from the gift shop. The... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 27, 2015 NEW

After years of talking about visiting Holyrood we eventually did the tour on Saturday. Great place with so much history and lovely gardens

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 27, 2015 NEW

Follow the Royal Mile down from the castle to the Palace of Holyroodhouse. This is the Queens official residence in Scotland and is steeped in history,much of it concerning James VI of Scotland becoming James I of England, and Mary Queen of Scots. Even if your not a student of history the stories that unfold about former residents of the... More 

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Address: Canongate, Edinburgh EH8 8DX, Scotland
Phone Number: +44 131 556 1096
Location: Europe  >  United Kingdom (UK)  >  Scotland  >  Edinburgh>  > Southside & Holyrood
Open Hours:
Sunday 9:30 am - 6:00 pm
Monday 9:30 am - 6:00 pm
Tuesday 9:30 am - 6:00 pm
Wednesday 9:30 am - 6:00 pm
Thursday 9:30 am - 6:00 pm
Friday 9:30 am - 6:00 pm
Saturday 9:30 am - 6:00 pm

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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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