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Holyrood Abbey

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Address: Canongate, Royal Mile, Edinburgh, Scotland
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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... read more

5 of 5 bubblesReviewed 1 week ago
Liverpool, New York
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Liverpool, New York
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

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 1 week ago 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 1 week ago

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 1 week ago

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 2 weeks ago

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.

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Rio de Janeiro, RJ
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

I loved it ! Its a pitty you are now allowed to take pictures inside... not sure why.. but in any case ... we super enjoyed it ! Oh.. the audio was included in the price of the ticket !!

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Upland, California
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Nice old Abby building next to Holyroodhouse, A lot of history and wonderment of how they were able to build this type of structure that many years ago.

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2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago

That's my main gripe here really. We had a look around from outside and left it at that. Just over the road is the new Scottish Parliament, completely free and very interesting. We spent all afternoon in there watching a session. We even saw a mouse scuttling around, much to the staff's obvious embarrassment.

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed December 17, 2016

Great to see the ruins of the Abbey and a welcome addition to the cost of entry to the Palace. Best on a sunny day, but you can't always choose!

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Winteringham, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed December 1, 2016

As part of the tour of the Palace of Holyrood it was interesting to see the ruins. You can't visit the Abbey on its own.

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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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