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Palace of Holyroodhouse

Canongate, Edinburgh EH8 8DX, Scotland
+44 131 556 1096
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Edinburgh City Hop-on Hop-off Tour
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Ranked #16 of 156 Attractions in Edinburgh
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Type: Castles, Historic Sites, Cultural
Fee: Yes
Owner description: The Palace of Holyroodhouse is the official residence in Scotland of...
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Type: Castles, Historic Sites, Cultural
Fee: Yes
Recommended length of visit: 2-3 hours
Hours:
Sun - Sat 9:30 am - 6:00 pm
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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4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 20, 2014 NEW

This is well worth a visit. It's a palace that feels homely and grand. It has a good feeling to it. The audio guide is included in the entry so you can visit at your own pace. The rooms belonging to Mary Queen of Scotts are worth the visit. The views of the countryside are lovely. It is well presented... More 

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Bolton
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 20, 2014 NEW

We Visited the palace whilst on a city bus tour. The commentary on the guide handset was very good and informative. Staff were very helpful and knowledgeable.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 20, 2014 NEW

A stunning building with rooms that reflect a rich and colourful history. The audio guide also includes optional additional information, which was very helpful.

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London, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 20, 2014 NEW

After having visited Buckingham Palace a few times, this seems a very lovely sized palace which would suit me perfectly. The audio tour was excellent and so were the knowledgeable staff in each room. Lots of interesting things to see and to listen to on the audio guide. Stunning gardens and a lovely shop too. Only downside was it was... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 20, 2014 NEW

Great place to visit which has a very rich history. Some of the rooms are a little dark but that's the materials they used so not a lot could be done about that.

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Istanbul, Turkey
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed December 19, 2014 NEW

Check before you visit, in case a member of the Royal family is staying there as there will be no tours that day. A bit expensive. Once you have paid the entry fee and got in don't hesitate to take an audio guide ! I am still not sure if it is worth to pay the ticket to get in!

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Brisbane, Australia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 19, 2014 NEW

This palace is a must see attraction in Edinburgh. Amazing architecture, tapestry, portraits! It gives you a glimpse into Royal life!! This was included in Royal Edinburgh ticket which also has hop on hop off for 48 hrs.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 18, 2014 NEW

So pleased to be able to view. So much history yet informal ..... considering. Especially interested about Mary Queen of Scots.

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

Palace of Holyroodhouse is a "must" when visiting Edinburgh. We truly enjoyed the state apartments, the magnificent crown jewels and the abbey ruins. Make sure to walk around the beautiful palace grounds and pay a visit to the gift shop. We fell in love with the beautiful porcelain china (worthy of a royal palace!) We definitely recommend this attraction.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 15, 2014 NEW

This was the third place we visited on the Royal Edinburgh ticket on the bus tours. It is fascinating and a well thought out tour. The hand set tells you where to go next and the history of the room you are in that spans many centuries including our present queen. Well worth a visit and you can get back... More 

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