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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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Beautiful ruin

Attached to the palace, it is a must see prior to departing. I only wish the audio guide for the palace would have some information on the abbey -

5 of 5 starsReviewed 2 days ago
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London, UK
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed yesterday NEW

We had a brief look at the abbey whist visiting the palace, exhibits and gardens. It had been a long day so by the time we had been around the palace interest was starting to wane. The history of the abbey was interesting from the audio guide, a real shame such a structure came to into ruins but that's part... More 

Thank Harpesharp
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 52 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

Attached to the palace, it is a must see prior to departing. I only wish the audio guide for the palace would have some information on the abbey -

Thank FamFunIllinois
Falkirk, United Kingdom
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 13 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

Despite views of that eyesore parliament across the road,this was an interesting tour of our royal past.

Thank supergav67
Clearwater, Florida
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

I find this old ruin a great place to take photos in. Atmospheric with arches. It sits beside Holyrood House.

Thank Elizabeth L
San Antonio, Texas
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 101 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

If you like old ruins, impressive architecture, etc., you definitely want to visit this abbey. As you walk around and through the ruins you can almost envision its former glory; it was one of my favorite parts of visiting the Palace of Holyrood.

Thank Greg H
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago NEW

At the end othe Palace tour you come across the Abbey. A complete contrast but no less beautiful. An interesting and picturesque addition with an amazing backdrop.

Thank Poppy303
Melbourne, Australia
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago NEW

This was my favorite part of visiting Palace of Holyroodhouse. Fascinating ruins with so much history.

Thank Fionash2014
Olonzac, France
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago NEW

This is part of the visit to Holyrood House, but fascinating for all that. Ruined, and atmospheric, I did not spend long here because of time limitations, but the park in which it stands is also worth visiting. Somehow it complete the tour of the palace, for this was where it all started.

Penrith, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

If you're visiting Palace of Holyroodhouse then the entry ticket gives you access to the Abbey. Well worth the visit and should not be overlooked when visiting Holyroodhouse.

Thank George D
West Jordan, Utah
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

It's a must to walk through the abbey ruins at the end of the palace tour. They're hauntingly beautiful and peaceful. Make sure to check out the stone caskets, very interesting.

Thank Heather F

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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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