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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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Good place for an hour or two

The self guided audio tour is good and the guides in the rooms have good information as well. I would have liked more history in the tour. As with any working castle, there at are... read more

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Oviedo, Fl.
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed yesterday NEW

We really wanted to tour the Palace but the Queen was there and having a tea for several hundred people on the grounds. Although the Palace was closed to the public we enjoyed watching the " guests" arrive with fancy hats and clothes fit for a queen's party. That was better than a tour!

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed yesterday NEW via mobile

The self guided audio tour is good and the guides in the rooms have good information as well. I would have liked more history in the tour. As with any working castle, there at are only some rooms to view. The grounds were very pretty. It's worth taking the time to walk.

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Herne Bay, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed yesterday NEW via mobile

Great day out, beautiful surrounding you all most forget your in the middle of a busy city with the Fringe going on. Guides were immaculately dressed in their tartan uniform. Bonus of seeing the state coach in the courtyard as it was taking part in the Tattoo. Cafe was busy but you expect that during he summer and not too... More 

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Perth, Australia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed yesterday NEW via mobile

I'm a massive history fan and have visited several royal palaces and houses. Holyrood House was amazing. It oozes history and sends shivers down your spine, especially the Abbey ruins. Definitely worth a visit and I highly recommend the afternoon tea in the restaurant.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 days ago NEW via mobile

This is where the Queen stays when she is in Scotland. It's name sounds a little odd but don't let that bother you. Lots of interesting rooms to see. Beautiful gardens and the remains of an old Abby is adjacent. A number of old dresses of the queens will be of interest to many. A really good place to visit... More 

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Hereford, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

What a place! Beautifully designed inside and out, a spectacle to admire! Very helpful staff allowed our the beginning of our visit to run smoothly - were given headsets that come in a range of languages and sent on our journey around the palace. Amazing architecture and artefacts with photographs and anecdotes about the Queen and her ancestors that lived... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

Can pass a day here with all that is available. Particularly so if they have exhibitions in the gallery. Helpful and knowledgable staff willing to help and understand. Cafe has good food including Haggis for those who want to try.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

Had time to Kill when arrived in Edinburgh, as couldn't not book in to hotel until 3pm. So parked the hire car, & went for a wander & decided to visit this Palace. Its Huge, need a good couple of hours to get round, so put some good shoes on, quite a few stairs, I think there was a lift... More 

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Lincolnshire UK
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

spent a wet afternoon in Holyrood. The building is beautiful. The history is great. excellent use of audio for the tour giving details of the building and what has happened over the years.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

Sitting at the bottom of a hill the Palace of Holyroodhouse is simply lovely. One may view several rooms in the palace while visiting.

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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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