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“Dripping history opposite the new parliament”

Palace of Holyroodhouse
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Ranked #14 of 402 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.
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“Dripping history opposite the new parliament”
Reviewed July 10, 2013

Go for the combined tour of the palace and queens gallery. Allow 1.5 hour for the palace, have a coffee break and then the gallery. Mary Queen of Scots rooms worth the price alone, but the rest also has an interesting storyline. Grand but a bit dowdy in most rooms, surprised it is still used for formal and state occasions. An hour for the palace and the attached abbey church is worth a slow 30 minutes reading the gravestones.

Visited July 2013
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“A Working Royal Residence”
Reviewed July 9, 2013

We managed to enter the palace with the last tour of the day. The Queen was expected the next day, so everything was being cleaned. The rooms are very well preserved and explained.

Visited August 2012
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“Enjoyable visit to Holyrood”
Reviewed July 8, 2013

It was a bit drizzly the day we went, but it cleared up so we could walk the gardens. So pretty! The tour itself was interesting and the abbey ruins were beautiful.

Visited June 2013
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Newcastle England
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“Royal Garden Party”
Reviewed July 6, 2013

We had great difficulty getting even close to getting in the traffic was terrible we got a taxi but he had to let us out about quarter of a mile away for the traffic and the crowds.To make it worst it was pouring with rain,we had to go tonthe South Gate and again a lot of walking but when we did get in. It is a magnificent building. The only thing I would say is go by car my husband walked back to Princess St in the rain and it took him over a hour.he saw no buses near the Place and the taxis wouldn't stop

Visited July 2013
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Reviewed July 4, 2013

we enjoyed this historic spot; we did not take the Abbey tour, but the palace garden and abbey ruins are worth seeing.

Visited June 2013
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