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Palace of Holyroodhouse

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Address: Canongate, Edinburgh EH8 8DX, Scotland
Phone Number: 443031237306
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9:30 am - 6:00 pm
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Sun - Sat 9:30 am - 6:00 pm
Recommended length of visit: 2-3 hours
Fee: Yes

The Palace of Holyroodhouse is the official residence in Scotland of...

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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Anyone interested in the Story of Mary Queen of Scots should visit this Palace, as you can see her original Chambers and learn many interesting Facts about her troubled and tragic... read more

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed yesterday NEW

Anyone interested in the Story of Mary Queen of Scots should visit this Palace, as you can see her original Chambers and learn many interesting Facts about her troubled and tragic life. But the Palace offers so much more, still being used by the Queen and Royal Family to this day. It therefore offers an interesting tour through Royal history... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

Very informative and enjoyable - especially listening to the audio & learning about Mary Queen of Scots. Furnished rooms to view & bonus Royal family photos and film.

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Arlington, Virginia
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

If you love history this is a wonderful place to walk through using the audio tour. I would recommend you arrive 2 hours before closing so you have time to really look at all the pictures on the walls and listen to the additional information available for each room. The tour should take 1 hour 15 minutes but we found... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 days ago NEW via mobile

Plan on spending a few hours at Holyrood Palace and you won't be disappointed. The audio tour provides excellent information about each room in the palace with the option of learning additional information should you choose. The gardens are picture perfect and the cafe caps off the visit. The gift shop offered teas and Chinaware unique to various aspects of... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

The weather wasn't great on our visit to Edinburgh and I've been to the palace before but I'm glad we went. We had a coffee first and then were given our audio tape to listen to. The staff were very friendly and helpful. The palace is very interesting and you find yourself imagining what the royal family do when they... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

On our latest visit to Edinburgh, we toured the Palace of Holyroodhouse once again. It was just as enjoyable as our first visit through 28 years ago. After walking down the Royal Mile, we stopped to tour the palace. The audio tour was helpful reminding us of the history around us. The staff were very nice when we approached them... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

I love it! It's a great feeling to get behind those massive gates! Pure pomp and splendour and some amazing artifacts on show too. Well worth the visit, lovely coffee shop and gift shop is lovely too. The staff have the best uniform ever!!

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

The visit of the Palace of Holyroodhouse is a must see if you plan to visit Edinburgh. It’s one of Royal Residences of the Queen in the UK. When she’s in Edinburgh, she’s staying here! Thus, it’s not an uninhabited Palace and that’s the good point. You will have a good overview of the Palace life. Don’t miss out the... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

The palace is easily accessed by foot or bus. The free audio handsets brought the place to life and you could listen to extra narration about the paintings etc if needed. The room guides were very knowledgeable and happy to answer any questions. The photographs of the queen and royal family in the courtyard were lovely. The rooms where Mary... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

Well paced audi guide (free) guides you easily arround the fascibating state rooms of s worling palace. Get the full ticket and vudit the Quedns gallery at the same time. Well worth it. And to top it all a good cafe. Whats not to like.

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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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