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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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Palace of Holyrood

Holyrood was definitely worth visiting. Like most of the palaces, no pictures are allowed inside, but it is magnificent. The audio guide is well-done and moves you along at a... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed July 7, 2015
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 7, 2015 NEW

Holyrood was definitely worth visiting. Like most of the palaces, no pictures are allowed inside, but it is magnificent. The audio guide is well-done and moves you along at a comfortable pace. Check the calendar before you visit because it is closed to visitors when the queen is in residence. The Queen's Gallery, next door, was very small and only... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 7, 2015 NEW

I thoroughly enjoyed my visit. The gallery and shop staff are remarkably polite and approachable and clearly enjoy their role. This certainly impacts on the visitors and entrances the visit and overall experience.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 6, 2015 NEW

If you get a chance (if the Queen is not in town) to see the palace..it is really worth a visit. Being an active residence of the royalty everything there is in perfect condition and working.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 5, 2015 NEW via mobile

It was good to see the historic sight it did seem a little run down for an active palace The information was well presented but check and make sure the queen is not in town.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 4, 2015 NEW

The story of Mary Queen of Scots is well known, and at Holyrood you can walk through the very rooms where all the drama took place (the murder of her closest advisor by her jealous husband, etc). The audio headphones are free, and tell the story well. However, while our (otherwise good) guidebook said the Palace was open till 6:00... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 3, 2015 NEW

The history of the place is even more impressive than its beauty. A "must-see." When her Royal Highness is not occupying the palace.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 3, 2015 NEW

This may be a somewhat more grown-up tourist site than many of the others in Edinburgh. The building is not as overwhelming as Edinburgh Castle. The gardens are very nice but not extraordinary. But, the history ...

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 2, 2015 NEW

The Palace is easy to visit and has a most interesting insight into Scottish history. Smaller than one might imagine, the reception rooms are quite modest yet in their own way quite beautiful. There are good views out to the gardens which are worth walking through as well.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 2, 2015 NEW

One of the greatest examples of life in ancient Scotland. Just at the foot of the mountain, it is a great walk up with fascinating shops along the way.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 2, 2015 NEW

Beautiful palace with great audio tour. Lovely gift shop & cafe with tasty food. Good place to visit on a rain day....not that you get many of them in Scotland!!!

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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.