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Holyrood Abbey

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Address: Canongate, Royal Mile, Edinburgh, Scotland
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Amazing structure

I spent a fair amount of time here, walking inside and out, looking up and down. Truly an amazing space.

5 of 5 bubblesReviewed yesterday
Glasgow, United Kingdom
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Glasgow, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed yesterday NEW

I spent a fair amount of time here, walking inside and out, looking up and down. Truly an amazing space.

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Carlisle, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

Beautiful palace, especially liked private rooms of Mary queen of scotts. Audio to explain rooms and items as you travel through. Abbey holds lots of history. Gardens closed in winter but we knew that before we went. Overall a fab experience allow a good hour and a half to wander.

Thank cottagejams
London, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

My cousin and i spent almost an hour in here taking pictures as eh surroundings were perfect for some amazing shots. Truly a step back in time.

Thank Charli D
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

This is a lovely space with a barren beauty. Well worth a visit in either winter or summer. It's attached to the Palace of Hollywood and is viewed as part of the tour. Enjoy.

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Edinburgh, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

The ruined abbey that sits right next to Holyrood Palace sent chills up my spine. The history that is packed into the ruins could almost be sensed in the winter air when I visited.

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Liverpool, New York
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed January 15, 2017

After Holyrood Palace, you have the option of going outside to explore these ruins as well as the gardens. Do yourself a favor and spend time in the old abbey! I could have spent hours here just wandering around. Only the main section of the abbey is still around, but it's absolutely stunning and is a great example of medieval... More 

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed January 14, 2017 via mobile

Even on a grey cold day this place has so much atmosphere. As it was very out of season it was extremely quiet and as a result we got the place almost entirely to ourselves

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Nontron, France
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed January 11, 2017

The Abbey forms part of the visit to Holyrood Palace and you cannot visit one without the other. It has several different styles of architecture dating back through the ages. It was sadly destroyed I think by fire.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed January 10, 2017

As part of the Palace of Holyrood tour,, this is beautiful to see the different level of craftsmanship. For photographers this is a brilliant one.

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Detroit, Michigan
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed January 8, 2017

It is in very good condition. There is a good portrait spot just as you walk into the abbey from the palace. There is a succession of arches that looks nice as a back drop for a photo.

Thank Janaroonie

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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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