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Palace of Holyroodhouse

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Address: Canongate, Edinburgh EH8 8DX, Scotland
Phone Number: 443031237306
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9:30 am - 6:00 pm
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Sun - Sat 9:30 am - 6:00 pm
Recommended length of visit: 2-3 hours
Fee: Yes
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The Palace of Holyroodhouse is the official residence in Scotland of Her...

The Palace of Holyroodhouse is the official residence in Scotland of Her Majesty The Queen.

The palace stands at the end of Edinburgh's Royal Mile against the spectacular backdrop of Arthur's Seat. This fine palace is closely associated with Scotland's rich history and is used by The Queen when carrying out official engagements in Scotland.

The State Apartments reflect the changing tastes of successive monarchs, and are renowned for their fine plasterwork ceilings and unrivalled collection of Brussels tapestries. They are furnished with numerous fine paintings and other works of art, many of which have long associations with Holyroodhouse.

The visit to Holyroodhouse includes Mary, Queen of Scots' Chambers and the Darnley Rooms, the setting for many dramatic episodes in Mary's short and turbulent reign. In the Palace's west corner tower are Mary's Bedchamber, described as 'the most famous room in Scotland', and her Outer Chamber, the scene of the murder of her Italian secretary, David Rizzio'.

During the summer months, you can join a guided tour of Holyrood Abbey, which lies adjacent to the Palace in the spectacular setting of Arthur's Seat. Escorted by Wardens dressed in their ancient hunting Stewart tartan, you will learn about the building's extraordinary history.

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It's an amazingly beautiful place. Loads of history and very picturesque. It's a must see if you are in Edinburgh. Having a hyperactive toddler was not ideal as he got bored in... read more

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It's an amazingly beautiful place. Loads of history and very picturesque. It's a must see if you are in Edinburgh. Having a hyperactive toddler was not ideal as he got bored in about 5 minutes, but the staff was very supportive - opening extra doors so he could use "queens toilet". I'm sure I'll visit again

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This was closed when we were there due to visits from the Royals. However, it was still worth walking around the area.

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The free radio guide was really useful and informative.The caste itself was well preserved and the abbey and the small walk around the gardens is worth taking.

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The Palace is at the end of the Royal Mile which begins at the Edinburgh Castle. The tour is outstanding the the Royal exhibits are very informative. Well worth the admission price.

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Edinburgh is gorgeous and there's lots to see and do, but it takes a lot of stamina to get up and down those hills and in and out of all that traffic. Save your feet and see more by taking the bus! Tickets aren't cheap, but they allow you to join four bus tours, each with slightly different routes, all... More 

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Pretty amazing place given that it's a working residence; albeit occasionally. If you haven't been, I highly recommend going. It was one of the highlights of our Edinburgh visit.

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Came here for my birthday weekend explored Edinburgh as it was my first time here and I would definitely recommend a trip to Holyrood palace was very interesting.

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Just nice and entertaining. It is a good visit if you like royal palaces. It is not cheap, though...

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I highly recommend that you check out the palace during a visit to Edinburgh. It is truly a gem of its own in the heart of the city. The regalia of the entry, to the statesmanship of the drawing room and the bedrooms of Mary Queen is Scots - it's all breathtaking. Then when you step out into the garden,... More 

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The audio tour and additional informational material make the Queen;s Palace a worthwhile stop. Directly across the street from Parliment.

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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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