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Palace of Holyroodhouse

Address: Canongate, Edinburgh EH8 8DX, Scotland
Phone Number: +44 131 556 1096
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Ranked #15 of 194 Attractions in Edinburgh
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Type: Castles, Historic Sites, Sights & Landmarks
Fee: Yes
Owner description: The Palace of Holyroodhouse is the official residence in Scotland of...
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Type: Castles, Historic Sites, Sights & Landmarks
Fee: Yes
Recommended length of visit: 2-3 hours
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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 January 28, 2015 NEW

Set at the bottom of The Royal Mile opposite the architectural monstrosity that is the new Parliament Building The Palace of Holyroodhouse is a haven of peace. This is where the Queen used to stay when she visited Edinburgh and there are many interesting rooms. In the summer visitors can also visit the gardens. In fact we saw the year's... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 27, 2015 NEW

Good and organized audioguide is free with admission fee and offerd a free second visit within 1 year. The garden Cafe made the end of tour a sweet and relaxed stop.

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London, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 27, 2015 NEW

We toured Holyroodhouse on New Year's day and in spite of the gale force winds and blowing rain, we really enjoyed the visit. The docents are very helpful and eager to tell the history of Holyroodhouse. The most interesting part for us was the abbey in ruins (founded in 1128) and the apartment of Mary Queen of Scots. The audio... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 24, 2015 NEW

The visit to Holyrood Palace was an entry on my 'bucket list' that was a pleasure to experience. The staff are extremely polite , the audio guide is brilliant as you can pause, replay, go at your own pace! The Palace was possibly not as 'sparkly' as may be imagined, but there is such a strong sense of history that... More 

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Saint Louis, Missouri
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 21, 2015

We visited holyroodhouse during our trip to Edinburgh. An audio tour is included in your admission price. The palace is very interesting. It was cool to see it set up for the current royal family.

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Larkhall, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 20, 2015

Visited Palace of Holyroodhouse late December 2014. I enjoyed my visit learning about how the royal families ancestors lived in the Edinburgh area. The hand held self audio guide is excellent as you can rewind parts you have missed and it is included in the entrance fee. This would have been a excellent if it was not for the fact... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 20, 2015

My wife and I greatly enjoyed our visit to the Palace of Holyroodhouse, and seeing such history on display. The tour takes you through a number of Royal rooms, extravagantly decorated and emblazoned with intricate plasterwork and tapestries. The audio guide is excellent, and takes you back in time outlining a number of important details and events that occurred within... More 

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Warren, Australia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 19, 2015

The self-guided tour of the Queen's Edinburgh Home was informative, open and easy going. It gives you a view into the life of so many well known royals of Scotland. Would recommend for history and art lovers, fans of the Royal Family and anyone who would like to see how the other half lives!

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Cape Town Central, South Africa
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 18, 2015

We didn't plan on visiting but it's such a beautiful area of Edinburgh we're so glad we did go in the end. Beautiful surroundings.

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Stratford, Canada
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 17, 2015

When I went tgey had an additional display of 60 Pictures for the Queens 60 years which was a great little history treat and a very unique presentation. Afterwards you got to walk through select rooms in the palace and see the wealth and opulence of the architecture and history. Worth it if you enjoy that!

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