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Palace of Holyroodhouse

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Address: Canongate, Edinburgh EH8 8DX, Scotland
Phone Number: +44 131 556 1096
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
Description: The Palace of Holyroodhouse is the official residence in Scotland of Her...
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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WORTH getting the head pieces x

THIS is a great,proper house,very grand and has some wonderful pieces of everyday life from years back preserved fantasticaly well.The head pieces are worth it as you get... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed May 21, 2015
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 21, 2015 NEW via mobile

THIS is a great,proper house,very grand and has some wonderful pieces of everyday life from years back preserved fantasticaly well.The head pieces are worth it as you get additional history as you walk around for you're money and an in depth look.I love,love,love everything old and if you enjoy appreciating history then its a great place to spend the day,wandering... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 21, 2015 NEW

Thoroughly enjoyed a wander around the palace with it's well kept rooms and a room for kids to dress up in old clothes of the period. Jewels on display, armoury on display. Also outside is where the Royal Tattoo is carried out.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 21, 2015 NEW

Very informative descriptions of each room and the associated historical context. A real journey through history.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 20, 2015 NEW

used the hop on hop off bus system to go out to see the palace, we actually purchased a Majesty ticket which gave us entry to the Edinburgh castle. Holyrood Palace and the Yacht Britannia. the tour of the palace was lovely and we finished off with the BEST afternoon tea there. Glad we went

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 19, 2015 NEW

Check in advance to be sure it's open - we were there on the last day before it closed to the public for several days. The self-paced audio tour takes you through many different and interesting rooms, beautifully restored and wonderfully furnished. There's the ruins of the old abbey, too. We did not go in the garden due to allergies... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 19, 2015 NEW

In my opinion, Holyroodhouse provides a nice contrast to Edinburgh Castle. For those looking for more lavish interiors this is the real Royal residence in town. Not to be missed are the ruins of Holyrood Abbey where the Kings and Queens of Scotland once had their coronations. It's missing ceiling only adds to it's beauty. Also, make sure you visit... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 19, 2015 NEW

Excellent tour with lots of history I wouldn't have known about. Beautiful Abbey outside to explore & stunning gardens. The surrounding area is also nice. We spent over 2 hours here without even realising it.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 19, 2015 NEW

A must see if going to Edinburgh. Normal a vacant castle and open to the public for visiting but when the Queen visits Scotland, this becomes her home and it is then closed to the public. What a wonderful castle to visit. Highly recommend.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 17, 2015 NEW

Good tour of another castle in Edinburgh. It is worth seeing. Be sure to put it on your places to visit in Edinburgh.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 16, 2015 NEW

This is well worth a visit. The hand held audio guides mean that everyone can wander around at their own pace. The gardens are very well maintained and blend in to the backdrop of Holyrood Park & Arthur's Seat.

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Staying in Southside & Holyrood

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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.