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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 207 Attractions in Edinburgh
Certificate of Excellence 2014
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Type: Historic Sites, Castles
Fee: Yes
Recommended length of visit: 2-3 hours
Owner description: The Palace of Holyroodhouse is the official residence in Scotland of Her Majesty The Queen and is the country's only working royal residence.... more » Owner description: The Palace of Holyroodhouse is the official residence in Scotland of Her Majesty The Queen and is the country's only working royal residence. Admission to the Palace includes the State Apartments, Mary, Queen of Scots' historic chambers and the ruins of the 12th-century Abbey Church. The special exhibition The Commonwealth: Gifts to The Queen is on display at the Palace until 2 November 2014. « less
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Indianapolis, Indiana
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 19, 2014 NEW

Holyrood was a very interesting place to visit. The audio tour was wonderful and very informative. The price was reasonable for the visit.

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Kirkland, Washington
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6 reviews 6 reviews
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed September 19, 2014 NEW

I expected more from a palace, to be honest. It was interesting to hear about the history and it's currently mostly a museum because obviously the rooms we saw are not used except for certain rare functions. The fabrics are very faded and there's an air of decay to the place. It wasn't really possible to get a sense of... More

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Chicopee, Massachusetts
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 18, 2014 NEW

The palace was beautiful just wish we could have taken pictures inside. The ruins of the Abbey were great and there were plenty of people to answer questions all along the visit.

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Nestleton, Canada
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44 reviews 44 reviews
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 17, 2014 NEW

Very lovely and informative self guided tour. But when we arrived at the abbey we dropped our hand held guide and picked up the camera! Exceptionally picturesque.

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Hong Kong, China
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 17, 2014 NEW

I had been meaning to visit the Palace on many visits to Edinburgh but never quite got around to it. April when the tourist season is only warming up was a good choice. Very very interesting and in my opinion much better than my experience of Buckingham Palace. I engaged one of the curators in one room who was very... More

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Solihull, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 17, 2014 NEW

Free audio was clear and precise. Every room showed history and grandeur. Commonwealth display and gifts really impressive.

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London, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 17, 2014 NEW

Went there mainly for the gardens and it was beautiful. Despite the small size the quality and vivacity of it was just lovely. After it I was tempted to have a stroll into the Castle and also it was great. Interesting to hear Prince Charles welcoming you when you use to the site description headset. Reminds me quite a lot... More

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Oregon
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 16, 2014 NEW

The beauty and interesting history of this palace is amazing. Included in the entrance cost is an excellent and fascinating audio tour whcih is well worth listening to in its entirety. I enjoyed Edinburgh Castle, but I think this Holyrood is even better. It should not be missed.

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Woodinville, Washington, United States
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 16, 2014 NEW

I'm surprised that more visitors to Edinburgh don't visit Holyroodhouse. The crowds were significantly smaller than a trip to Edinburgh Castle on the same day but I think that the inside of the the palace is the more interesting attraction. The tour combines a great balance of seeing modern Royal history, you visit the room where the Queen and the... More

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Paris, France
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 16, 2014 NEW

The summer palace of HM the Queen is a very nice palace to visit. From the exterior, it is very pleasant, a mix of the initial fortress and modernity of the 17th century. Inside, it is superb, with pieces of art of first class.

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