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“Stunning” 5 of 5 stars
Review of Palace of Holyroodhouse

Palace of Holyroodhouse
Canongate, Edinburgh EH8 8DX, Scotland (Southside & Holyrood)
+44 131 556 1096
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Ranked #18 of 472 things to do in Edinburgh
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Recommended length of visit: 2-3 hours
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.
Poole, United Kingdom
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“Stunning”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 29, 2013

I have waited a long time to go here and i was not dissapointed. The staterooms are stunning and the romms and exhibitions relating to Mary Queen of Scots has been dealt with sensitivly and informative. It did feel a bit touristy when we were buying tickets, and some people will think it expensive, but we enjoyed our visit

Visited November 2012
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“I expected more...”
3 of 5 stars Reviewed March 29, 2013

I was really excited to visit the palace. The staff were very friendly and the audio guide was very informative. Really liked Queen Marys room at the top of a windy staircase - a really sad story told here. The ruins of the abbey also gorgeous. Those are the positives. I just found it very dark. Dark wood, dark tapestries and dark paintings.

Visited March 2013
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Lytham St Anne's, United Kingdom
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“Interesting historic rooms”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 29, 2013

Visited Palace and Queen's Gallery, walked there from St.Giles. Was busy but not overly so. Audio guide to the Palace was excellent, plenty of information which added greatly to the walk round the Palace. Would not recommend the combined ticket for the Queen' Gallery, over- priced and disappointing in my opinion as apart from photographs and a few artifacts there is little to see for the price of the combined ticket. I am an art lover but have never been so underwhelmed by a gallery.

Visited March 2013
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Benfleet, England, United Kingdom
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“Blue Blood”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 26, 2013

Enjoyable visit. Located at the end of the Royal Mile, good value we bought the combined ticket for the Queens Gallery, I you have you ticket stamped before leaving it becomes an annual pass for further admissions.

Visited March 2013
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Horsham, United Kingdom
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“Lovely Palace and great Exhibition”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 24, 2013

Loved the rooms in the Palace,especially those relating to Mary Queen of Scots.It was interesting to learn how the Palace is used for State occasions.Being elderly I appreciated the good availability of chairs in the rooms so you can sit and listen to the audio without feeling rushed. We also visited the Photograph Exhibition in the Queen's Gallery - it's a part of the world we particularly like so it was interesting to see the old photos especially of Egypt. The Egyptians clothing hasn't changed much in the last 150 yrs and I have nothing but great admiration for the overdressed Britons in that searing heat !! Combined ticket was good value for money if you have an interest in the topic. Not really suitable for children though as I don't feel it would engage their interest.

Visited March 2013
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