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Palace of Holyroodhouse

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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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Superb Tour - Do Not Miss!

Visited the palace in February with our teenage son, and we all enjoyed the tour. Admission includes a free audio guide which gives plenty of information about the palace without... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed March 2, 2015
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 2, 2015 NEW via mobile

Visited the palace in February with our teenage son, and we all enjoyed the tour. Admission includes a free audio guide which gives plenty of information about the palace without becoming boring, and I felt the price to get in was good value. So interesting to hear the history of the different rooms, and to see which are still used... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 2, 2015 NEW

A short walk down The royal mile a very scenic route and close to Arthurs seat is the spectacular sight of The Palace of Hollywood. Photographs can be taken in the courtyard but not inside the building. An audio guide is given on the way in and is very interesting you can cut it short or listen to the whole... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 1, 2015 NEW

The tour included an audio guide. You get a very nice inside look of the palace, with a as much information as you're interested in. The (almost gone) chapel at the end of the tour was an unexpected surprise. It would be great if there would be funds to restore the chapel in its original state.

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Glasgow, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 28, 2015 NEW

The entrance price includes (if required) an audio guide. This proved to be excellent, with just enough information not to become overwhelming. The audio feature had a useful technique to give optional key numbers if you want additional features on particular items. Perhaps visiting on a cold and wet February afternoon did not help, but the place had an air... More 

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Isle of Wight, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 28, 2015 NEW

Went round the Palace and Abbey ruins ( Gardens closed). Well worth the entrance particularly as you get the self guided audio tour included. This allows you to wander and appreciate your surroundings at leisure. Loved the Baroque interior alterations carried through by Charles II ( though he never actually visited the Palace). However, I felt this was Baroque "lite"... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 28, 2015 NEW

this was on my 'to do' list for our recent trip to Edingburgh. if you have visited lots of palaces, castles, country houses this is very different to what you may expect to see. at this time of year the gardens were closed however there was plenty to explore in both the palace & abbey ruins so wasn't disappointed. if... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 25, 2015 NEW

We visited the palace and, even though the gardens were closed , were able to walk through some of them which was lovely. The palace is of great historical interest and is well kept. The entrance price (£11.80) included an audio tour which was very informative (with options for additional information in most rooms). One of the nicest aspects was... More 

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Watford, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 24, 2015

The Palace was one of the top attractions we wanted to see while in Edinburgh. It did not disappoint. The cost of entry wasn't too bad and included an audio tour. The rooms open to the public were varied and interesting. My only issue was the toilets at the entrance could have done with a little TLC, not quite fit... More 

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Peterborough, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 24, 2015

We visited this as part of a Royal Edinburgh ticket which included the tour buses, Castle and Royal Yacht. We arrived just as they were going to do their schedule guided tour of the abbey ruins which are adjacent to the house - luckily we had the guide Edward to ourselves - Thank You. The rest of your tour you... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 22, 2015 via mobile

I enjoyed our visit, we had an audio guide too which is inclusive of the ticket price, sadley no photographs are permitted inside the house. The garden was also closed for winter. Not a favourite, I did prefer Windsor Castle! But enjoyable, lots of stairs.

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