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Palace of Holyroodhouse
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Ranked #14 of 413 things to do in Edinburgh
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Recommended length of visit: 2-3 hours
Owner description: 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.
Reviewed February 5, 2013

It is as much a museum and art gallery as a palace. I is very conveniently located being on the Royal Mile, opposite the Scottish Parliament and Arthur's Seat.

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Reviewed February 3, 2013

I have a short concentration span but my visit to Holyroodhouse held my unswerving attention for an afternoon, I must have been there longer than anyone else! Having left my husband happily watching the rugby I visited the palace in my own. I consider it good value for money £11 including audio guide especially in comparison to Edinburgh Castle. The audio guide brings the palace to life and is incredibly informative, describing in sufficient depth and details key historic events and their relation to the house. The house is beautifully maintained (for the queen and tourists). A lovely way to spend a couple of hours rain or shine. Probably not enough there for kids however! Great for everyone else, I even think my husband would have enjoyed it.

Thank McD_adventures
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Reviewed February 2, 2013

Visited Holyrood this afternoon. Keep your admission ticket and get it stamped by 1 of the wardens and you will get free entry for the whole year. The palace it's self is a great experience and a must visit in Edinburgh

Thank John C
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Reviewed February 2, 2013

We visited in January and nearly had the palace to ourselves.The audio tour 'thingy' that you carry around is a fantastic idea.You only press the button when you are in the room or place of interest and a voice will tell you about that place/room.There is also plenty of staff who are very friendly to ask if you require more information.The gardens were closed which was a real shame,but I did think you should have been let into the gallery for free because of this (an extra £5 we didn't go in)
About £12.50 for house and gardens.
The cafe is a must to visit at the end of your tour.The lavender shortbread is WOW fantastic and the whiskey fruitcake heavenly.(yes I had both couldn't choose between them) you will work it off walking back up the Royal Mile LOL.

Thank Magpies66
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Reviewed February 1, 2013

If you like armaments you will love this Palace. Steeped in history and dramatic walls, it is a fortress to see. It is a mecca for folks into axes, swords and medieval warfare.

Thank SallyFranz
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