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Holyrood Abbey

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Address: Canongate, Royal Mile, Edinburgh, Scotland
Phone Number: 0131/556-5100
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part of the Holyrood tour was the old Abbey. beautiful ruins. explained in the audio tour and other staff members to give more instruction and help if required.

5 of 5 starsReviewed 2 days ago
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Lincolnshire UK
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

part of the Holyrood tour was the old Abbey. beautiful ruins. explained in the audio tour and other staff members to give more instruction and help if required.

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New Orleans, Louisiana, United States
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

The Abbey is attached to Holyrood Palace. It has been through many catastrophes, so the "skeleton" of the building is all that is left. It is worth it to take the time to read the information signs and discover some of the history of the place. Even though this Abbey is considered a "ruin," it contains magnificent examples of architecture.

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Thank Kristi J
Auckland, New Zealand
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

The history of the plac is intereting, but brief. It really is just the add-on to the palace of holyrood tour. There's little to see, but it does give a nice sense of history and place.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

The exhibit of Queen Elizabeth's gowns, suits, dresses and hats was worthwhile to see. The items from her childhood were interesting too.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 6 days ago NEW via mobile

The Holyrood Abbey is a great way to finish your tour to the Holyrood Palace, to see all that ruins with that history is just great. You should make a visit to it.

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Winchester, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

Haven't been here for many years, so had forgotten most of it. Full of Scottish history, the room guides were very helpful.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

Stunning ruins are part of a visit to Holyrood Palace. Great opportunities for atmospheric photography.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago NEW via mobile

Holyrood Abbey is a ruined abbey of the Canons Regular. The name "Holyrood" is equivalent to "Holy Cross." During the War of the Rough Wooing, the invading English armies of the Earl of Hertford inflicted structural damage of the abbey.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Great area to step back into the past and appreciate what was. The graves are pretty wicked- especially the above ground ones.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

This was an unexpected sight and delight upon finishing the Holyrood Castle tour. Quite eerie and thought provocative any time of the year.

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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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