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“Fascinating”

Palace of Holyroodhouse
Ranked #45 of 433 things to do in Edinburgh
Certificate of Excellence
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Fee: Yes
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 17, 2013 via mobile

A really well thought out experience. Good audio tour giving just the right amount if detail. Highly recommended.

Thank Tristanfox
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Reviewed February 16, 2013

I always find these places are very expensive and don't live up to expectation. This was definitely not the case here. The entrance was £11 and was well worth it. The hand held recorded guide was very informative and added to the experience. A beautiful palace with so much history, it would be a real shame to visit Edinburgh and not enjoy this Holyroodhouse.

Thank Miriam125
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Reviewed February 15, 2013

Dark, dour and dismal. This visit was expensive and a true contrast with the compelling story told by the visit to Britannia. For me, it is one to avoid.

Thank Geoffmount
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Reviewed February 13, 2013

Since my son is studying Mary, Queen of Scots, it was an interesting place to visit. There is much to see and you are given an audio guide to tour about. I think it'd have been a better experience with a tour guide since there was so much that we probably missed.

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Reviewed February 11, 2013

This was my second visit to the Palace of Holyrood. And, it was even better than my first. Nothing had changed, but I found myself more able to take in the detail and grandeur of this beautiful building. I am not the sort who is deferent to the high and mighty of this land, but there is no denying that this is a lovely building. The audio guide is so enlightening and the staff dotted throughout the building and grounds are incredibly knowledgeable. It's not cheap at about £12/13 but it's a great way to pass a morning and the price reflects the going rate for many of the attractions in Edinburgh. Finally, go to the cafe. The food is so delicious; authentic, local and home-cooked - yum!

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