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Palace of Holyroodhouse

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Address: Canongate, Edinburgh EH8 8DX, Scotland
Phone Number: 443031237306
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

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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Very popular place to visit. Only did the palace though. At the bottom of the Royal Mile. Self pace tour using a phone, which may be added to depending on time.

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Preston, United Kingdom
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Preston, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed yesterday NEW

Very popular place to visit. Only did the palace though. At the bottom of the Royal Mile. Self pace tour using a phone, which may be added to depending on time.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed yesterday NEW

Very informative and a must see place. Squeaky floors but that is the age of the building, I ask a young lady that worked there and was watching one of the rooms if she got use to the squeaky floors. She said "As long as there are people in the room it is ok, but when I am alone in... More 

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Holyrood Palace a tradition that the Royal family still use today. The tradition started with Queen Victoria She was the one who restored the palace to the look we see today. She would stop there on her way to Balmoral, to help break up the journey, as Balmoral is another 3 miles further on and that's by car, so image... More 

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This is our third visit and each time I am more impressed with the friendliness and helpfullness of the staff

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This is an interesting visit to a royal palace and is a must if you are interested in art. The Palace and grounds are well looked after and are visited each year by the Queen and family. If you are interested in art there is a lot on display in the Palace. The grounds are not too large and you... More 

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed yesterday NEW

To seems one of the smaller palaces but quite quaint. The cafe is worth a visit. You are free to wander round yourself, look at the ruined abbey and the gardens. You cannot take any photos inside which seems to be everywhere in Edinburgh.

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It was such a lovely place. A friend visited and the atmosphere was serene and beautiful. The mere fact it's closer to Arthur's seat makes it an amazing sight. Don't go to Edinburgh without seeing this

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After you've walked down the Royal Mile (after touring Edinburgh Castle), you'll end up at Holyrood House. Enjoy the palace and the nice walk through the little "park". My favorite part was the old chapel ruins adjoined to the palace.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

Contrasting to Edinburgh Castle, this is the monarch's actual residence in Edinburgh. The oldest area, the former cloisters, is especially cool. The Queen's Gallery was so-so. The Gardens also so-so especially since we had to stay on the path.

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Very interesting palace with lots of history. Good art work and fully decorated palace. Nice gift shop and tea cafe

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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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