Holyrood Abbey
Holyrood Abbey
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Neighborhood: 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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Scifchic
Raleigh, NC222 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2020
I absolutely loved the Holyrood Abbey. The craftsmanship of the stonework was stunning. I was fortunate to visit on a sunny but super windy day so there weren't a lot of people. If you are into ancient buildings, definitely take the time to view this after you tour Holyrood Palace.
Written April 28, 2020
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johnhouston2
Knaresborough, UK5,219 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2020 • Couples
Founded by King David 1 in 1128, this Abbey came first, and begat the stunning palace that followed. We visited as part of the palace tour and, taking all parts of the site as a whole, it’s probably the best visit in Edinburgh.

Situated in beautiful Holyrood Park, the Abbey and Palace are full of history and interest, and the interactive audio guide provides top class commentary.
Written November 14, 2020
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Epic-Traveller
Rushden, UK4,522 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2020
Unfortunately, couldn't get in but what an amazing looking building from the outside! Would have loved to have a tour of the place.

Couldn't get any photos as my phone was behaving strangely. The building, although a ruin, really complements the aesthetic of the area. Shame the same cannot be said for the ugly, grotesque structure that is the Scottish Parliament building!
Written July 24, 2020
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jam16trav
Nottingham, UK60 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Dec 2019
We visited Holyrood Abbey/Palace again via our open bus tour on 28th December. A lovely few hours, with audio tour which also included a audio section for kids to play. Cafe was very busy once we had done our tour. Be aware that a part of the tour of the Palace is up a spiral staircase can be hard for older people or not good on the feet!
Written January 2, 2020
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CLW
Carlisle, PA20 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Dec 2019
My wife and I took our 16 year old granddaughter to Holyrood Palace and the Abby. Both were worth the time. The admission included an audio tour which enhanced the visit by providing information which we would have otherwise missed. We enjoyed our visit and would recommend it to others.
Written January 6, 2020
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WonderfulWorld
Billings, MT35 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Sep 2019 • Couples
We didn’t spend a lot of time in the abbey. It’s ruins adjoining Hollyrood Castle. It is a solemn place, and since we were there in the afternoon the shadows added to the solemness. It was also interesting to see the masonry that has endured through so many years. We walked around it outside as well. Beautiful “windows”.
Written January 13, 2020
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Wongaburra
Sydney, Australia141 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2019
What an experience to visit a site of so much history. Easy to get there and back by bus from Waverley Station and a real learning experience going from room to room. The walk through the gardens was a delight. To experience the adjacent ruins of the Abbey was ethereal. Our visit was really very memorable and not to be missed during any visit to Edinburgh.
Written March 4, 2020
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Jen B
Birmingham, UK3 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2021 • Solo
Visited Holyrood palace and Abbey in July. I was very impressed of there deaf awareness, I thoroughly enjoyed my day out as the audio guides had subtitles and BSL so that I could look to see what was being said. The staff were very helpful as well with the stairs and finding an easier route. I feel that every where should have disabled access audio guides to enable people with disabilities to enjoy attractions.
Written August 31, 2021
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Dominique B
17 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2020 • Solo
The staff at the palace and abbey are exemplary. They were so cheerful and knowledgeable. They have really enriched my stay in Edinburgh and the castle and abbey were well worth the visit with many perfectly preserved treasures and living views to discover.
Written July 24, 2020
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Jim S
66 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2019
Conveniently located at the foot of the Royal Mile, Holyrood has room after room of history, restrained opulence, and a slightly eerie atmosphere. Plus a great abbey ruin right next door, a pretty good gift shop, and a nice cafe. Caveat: no pictures.
Written February 19, 2020
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