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Address: Canongate, Royal Mile, Edinburgh, Scotland
Phone Number: 0131/556-5100
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Ruins of an historic Abbey in the Middle of Holyrood Palace's magnificent gardens

Holyrood Palace is a lovely place to visit. The gardens are magnificent (and can now be visited with a guide even if you do not want to visit the inside of the Palace). The Abbey... read more

4 of 5 bubblesReviewed 4 days ago
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

Holyrood Palace is a lovely place to visit. The gardens are magnificent (and can now be visited with a guide even if you do not want to visit the inside of the Palace). The Abbey, as so many Medieval church structures in Scotland, was seriously damaged but has been maintained in its ruined splendor. The abbey is not to be... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

Not that far from Edinburgh Castle. Lovely walk through town which helps when picking up souvenirs. Grounds are absolutely lovely. Must see while here!

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Oviedo, Fl.
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

We really enjoyed this area and everything it had to offer---esp the Holyrood Abbey. Coming from the US it is not something we are exposed to so we took in all the history we could!

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Dayton, Ohio
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

This was well worth our time. The gardens were great and the tour of the Palace well done. The audio tour works great and allows you to set your own pace.

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Paramus, New Jersey
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

this is part of the Queens Palace. It was definitely a highlight. Would not want to visit this in the rain. It was impressive in the sun.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

Well worth a visit, this place has so much history, and the ruins are spectacular. My kids loved it as much as we did.

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

The abbey is one of the last places you visit on the tour of Holyroodhouse. As soon as you enter you are met by huge, ruinous windows and towering pillars. Definitely not something to miss while in the palace!

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Drogheda, Ireland
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

This is a great added bonus to visiting the Palace at Holyrood. Stunning Abbey where you can image what it was once like.

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Brisbane, Australia
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

A visit to the Holyrood Abbey is rewarded with some magnificant old ruins that are truely magnificant. It is part of the Holyroodhouse experience and arguably the best part. A must see.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

With the audio guide, you can stroll the Holyrood Abbey courtyard listening to the Scottish Symphony, which adds ambiance to these beautiful ruins. Light darts through crumbling pillars as they tower towards the sky. Arches of some windows are still in tact which gives an excellent picture of how the Abbey would have once looked, and elegant carvings can be... More 

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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.
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