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Address: Canongate, Royal Mile, Edinburgh, Scotland
Phone Number: +44 131 556 5100
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Part of the Palace of Holyrood

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.

5 of 5 bubblesReviewed 4 days ago
Winteringham, United Kingdom
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Winteringham, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

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.

Thank HelenHenry1967
Chester, Virginia
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

This was at the end of the Holyrood House Palace tour. It was Avery beautiful abbey ruins. I think it was my favorite of the whole tour.

Thank julijac65
Edinburgh, United Kingdom
2 reviews
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

It's easy to imagine centuries' old rituals while standing inside this marvelous ruin. A fitting end to a tour of the Queen's Scottish residence.

Thank dcbriggo
Saskatoon, Saskatchewan, Canada
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

An amazing place to complement Holyrood Palace, especially with a backdrop like Arthur's Seat! Couldn't get enough of this place; took some of my best pictures in this abbey. Don't even consider skipping over it if you're in the city.

Thank Telane M
United States
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Wandering through the old walls and the gardens was like walking back in time. Visiting late afternoon was pleasantly not crowded.

Thank shar321
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Beautiful place full with nostalgia of ancient glory and so many symbols. Great pictures to take during sunset.

Thank Marie-Charlotte G
Stratford-upon-Avon, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

The Abbey adds to the story of Holyrood House and can only be accessed as part of visit to Palace. Gardens not open during winter.

Thank 49Craig
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

It is located inside the Holyrood Palace so it means you have to buy a ticket to get in. Indeed, beside the story involved, it is highly recommended for photography especially on a sunny day at the end of autumn when we came to visit the place.

Thank Viet T
Bosque Farms, New Mexico
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

The size of the ruins are impressive, the height of the walls, your imagination takes you to a place in the past, yearning to see what this was before it was destroyed.

Thank Kay_USA1
Houston, Texas
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago

I've been to my share of abbeys, in various states of ruin/repair, but this one is very worth a short a visit.

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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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