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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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Bothell, Washington
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 21, 2014 NEW

History at every turn. I'm sure we didn't see the actual rooms where Her Majesty stays but we saw many a stunning room filled with history. The ruins of the Abbey around back are worth visiting too. Well worth the price. They provide individual audio devices so you can go at your own pace.

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Minneapolis, Minnesota
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 20, 2014 NEW

The tour was very interesting, since Holyroodhouse is the place where the Royal family actually stays when in Edinburgh. This was also a favorite palace of Mary Queen of Scots. Since Victorian times, the Royal family has been interested in Mary and her story, and one entire room of Holyroodhouse is filled with Mary-related items the royals have collected over... More

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Melbourne, Victoria, Australia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 20, 2014 NEW

Being able to visit the Queen's Scottish residence was cool. The audio guide provided a lot of good information about the history of the palace. The whole thing took about an hour to walk through including the gardens and ruined abbey.

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Melbourne, Australia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 20, 2014 NEW

Visited the Palace of Holyroodhouse in the evening - had an excellent guided tour and a glass of champagne to finish of the tour. This evening tour is a bit more expensive but definitely a wonderful way to see this historic palace.

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Melbourne, Australia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 20, 2014 NEW

While I think Edinburgh Castle needs to be visited simply for history's sake, I loved my visit to Holyroodhouse! I went with my mum & I found it to be much richer in detail. There is also something cool about being where the queen stays! Loved the older parts & the newer parts & I felt the tour was well... More

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Thatcham, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 19, 2014 NEW

Such a lovely place to go. You should definitely get the speakers for the guided tour as it's really interesting. The rooms are amazing. Much better than Edinburgh Castle.

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Seattle, Washington
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 19, 2014 NEW

If you like history and grand buildings this is one not to miss. The reformation era part of the building holds great historical value and can put famous historical events into perspective. The newer parts are grand and a gem of Scotland.

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Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 19, 2014 NEW

This palace, though modest by the standards of great palaces, is steeped in Scotland's turbulent history. An audio guide provides excellent explanations.

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Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 19, 2014 NEW

A great audio tour of Scotland’s official residence of The Queen highlights both the Palace's dramatic past and its important role today. Unfortunately no cameras inside the Palace, pictures seen here is the Palace Garden and Abbey Ruins. The staff are very helpful and informative. The Cafe at the Palace served simple home made dishes , Palace with an interesting... More

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Surrey England
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 19, 2014 NEW

Even my husband enjoyed the palace. I particularly liked Mary Queen of Scots' bedroom and the tiny room where Rizzio was murdered - I had no idea the room was that small. The MQS exhibits were beautiful and well displayed, and yes, we very much enjoyed our lunch there. Given that this was during the festival, the palace provided a... More

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