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Palace of Holyroodhouse

Canongate, Edinburgh EH8 8DX, Scotland
+44 131 556 1096
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$22*
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Edinburgh City Hop-on Hop-off Tour
90%
Ranked #20 of 217 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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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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Atlanta, Georgia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 20, 2014 NEW

Great retreat for the royal family. Pleasant surprise. Does not seem to receive as many visitors as other palaces I have visited. Not very big in comparison, but really nice.

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Edinburgh, United Kingdom
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed November 20, 2014 NEW

This is the queens official residence in Edinburgh. Dont expect to see any of her rooms as she lives in a different part to what you will see. The cost is approximately equal to getting into edinburgh castle . You will spens 90 minutes here at maximum but you could spend the whole day in Edinburgh castle. Holyrood Abbey makes... More

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Madison, Wisconsin
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 20, 2014 NEW

Great house, with excellent guides in each room. Get a taste of Scottish and English history, winsight into how one's elders & betters lived ... off the rest of us..

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