Palace of Holyroodhouse

Palace of Holyroodhouse, Edinburgh

Palace of Holyroodhouse
4.5
Historic Sites • Points of Interest & Landmarks • Castles
9:30 AM - 6:00 PM
Monday
9:30 AM - 6:00 PM
Thursday
9:30 AM - 6:00 PM
Friday
9:30 AM - 6:00 PM
Saturday
9:30 AM - 6:00 PM
Sunday
9:30 AM - 6:00 PM
About
The Palace of Holyroodhouse is the official residence in Scotland of Her Majesty The Queen. Open throughout the year, the Palace of Holyroodhouse stands at the end of Edinburgh's Royal Mile. Explore the Palace's close associations with some of Scotland’s most well-known historic figures such as Mary, Queen of Scots and Bonnie Prince Charlie, and learn how today it is used by The Queen when carrying out official engagements in Scotland.
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The area
Address
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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annabel
Aviemore, UK13 contributions
Very well done
May 2021 • Family
An excellent audio tour. Thoroughly enjoyed it and felt safe throughout regarding social distancing. Staff very professional and helpful.
Written June 13, 2021
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swings
london uk175 contributions
Lovely
Jun 2021
Excellent tour at your own pace & all very COVID safe. Lovely picture compilation in memory of HRH Prince Philip & some lovely family pictures. High recommend
Written June 11, 2021
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JulietSierra
Bristol, UK54 contributions
Great interesting visit
Jun 2021
A really nice visit to this well kept attraction at the end of the Royal Mile, walking in the footsteps of royalty was really interesting, the grounds were immaculate finishing with a well earned rest in the cafe at the end. Well recommended to anyone visiting Edinburgh.
Written June 11, 2021
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Travel Man
Crewe, UK353 contributions
Royal palace
Jun 2021 • Solo
If you want to the Queens gallery make sure you purchase a joint ticket as you save a few pounds. Easy assess, with online ticket and timed entry, collect audioguide and start tour. Guide leads you through the Palace and offers lots of information about exhibits and the rooms on view. As this is still regularly used by the Royal family clearly several parts are private and out of bounds, but still plenty to see ending up with the abbey ruins and gardens.
Written June 11, 2021
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pilottrev
Penkridge, UK58 contributions
Best venue in Edinburgh
Jun 2021
One of the must see things to do while in Edinburgh, the palace is stunning, audio description equipment included in the ticket price, well worth the money, the grounds are immaculate and staff very attentive and super helpful
Written June 8, 2021
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Irina G
Aylesbutry, UK68 contributions
Amazing Palace and Gallery!
Jun 2021
Beautiful Palace and Gallery to visit! Definitely take a self-guided tour. Interesting history to learn and discover.
Written June 7, 2021
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Amanda
Darwen, UK9 contributions
Great tour!
Apr 2021 • Couples
We loved this tour! You can walk around in your own time with a personal audio/screen tour. It was very up to date and had a lot of history! The gardens and the abbey were beautiful and there were a couple of gift shops
Written June 1, 2021
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weekak
Edinburgh, UK557 contributions
Mary Queen of Scots
Apr 2021 • Solo
I love the history of this beautiful royal residence with references to Mary Queen of Scots, Bonnie Prince Charlie and Queen Victoria as well as the current monarch Queen Elizabeth and the dearly departed Duke of Edinburgh. The grandeur of this beautiful palace is stunning, from the great stair to the dining room, to the kings bedchamber with the magnificent bed, the gallery of portraits of kings of Scotland and the highlight for me was James V tower which takes you to Mary Queen of Scots bedchamber and the supper room where the Queen of Scots servant David Rizzio was murdered by Queen of Scots jealous husband Lord Darnley. Everywhere is dimly lit, dark wood furniture and ancient tapestries which is suited to the history of the palace but it is quite engulfing and stepping out into the grounds and the sun shine was like being able to breathe again but It’s fascinating and amazing and wonderful and worth a visit and best of all if you get your ticket stamped you are able to visit anytime for a year!! Winning!!!
Written May 31, 2021
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SandLHighlands
Highlands50 contributions
Official royal palace - great sense of history
May 2021
Unexpectedly we found that the palace was open to visitors, just as Covid lockdown was being eased. It was such a treat to be able to visit this historic and spectacular palace. There's a real sense of history, brought to life by the commentary provided to each visitor via headphones - included in the entrance price. Will definitely visit again ...... it's possible to convert your entrance ticket to an annual pass - great value! The gardens are well very peaceful and well maintained - an added bonus.
Written May 21, 2021
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Lorna L
1 contribution
Excellent service and exhibition
May 2021 • Couples
The visit was fantastic, having a disable member of our party . The staff went above and beyond to help us.
Written May 15, 2021
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