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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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Good historical site

The audio guide, giving some really interesting historical detail, was one of the best I have heard. You really do feel like part of what has happened there

5 of 5 starsReviewed April 27, 2015
West Midlands, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 27, 2015 NEW

The audio guide, giving some really interesting historical detail, was one of the best I have heard. You really do feel like part of what has happened there

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 26, 2015 NEW

In the beginning, we weren’t sure if we even wanted to do this. These were some of the last tickets I purchased before coming out here, and even then we weren’t entirely sure it’d be worth our time. For those that have never heard of it, Holyroodhouse is the Queen’s Scotland estate – basically, where she resides in the summer... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 26, 2015 NEW

Visit to the palace was enjoyable. Provided with the audio guide and looking at the exhibits at your own pace was excellent. Lots to see and learn about the castle. Definitely a place you want to visit at Edinburgh.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 26, 2015 NEW

Arrived early on Fri 20 Nov 2009, this is the VERY FIRST sightseeing/attraction that I've visited in Edinburgh! Along with my fellow tourists and our Scottish guide-Robert, we visited the palace in one piece. It was quite large inside the palace but somewhat barren in the autumn. Hopefully one day I'll visit here again along with Loch Ness!)

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 25, 2015 NEW

I learned a lot about Mary Queen of Scots--very fascinating. Would have been nice to be able to take pictures of the rooms that didn't have tapestries. I understand the need to protect the tapestries from flash photography. The audio tour was very worthwhile.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 25, 2015 NEW

Great visit. Loved the audioguides were included. I do wish they didn't give so much detail on a single painting though. Beautiful gardens and a great view of Arthur's seat too.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 25, 2015 NEW

The Scottish equivalent of Buckingham Palace, but on a much smaller scale, this palace is not to be missed. The interior rooms are rich with history and original decorations, and the gardens are lovely, and have a beautiful view of Arthur's Seat. Be sure to pick up the free audio guide, which adds a great deal to the experience.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 25, 2015 NEW

Very interesting exhibition of Gold artefacts from all over the world contained in the Royal collection . Service from the Guides is very informative beyond the audio guide which is provided in the language required at no additional charge . The tour of the House and the Abbey is a step back into Scottish History and a must for all... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 25, 2015 NEW

We enjoyed our trip around the palace .The audio tour was informative and easy to use. The room guides were friendly and willing to answer questions .Would definitely recommend using one .It was interesting to see the a Royal Apartments. The gardens were beautiful and well worth wondering around .The Cafe did a good coffee.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 25, 2015 NEW

I loved hearing the history of Edinburgh and seeing rooms in a working palace. very beautiful furniture, paintings, and architecture.

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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.