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“Holyrodhouse Palace”

Palace of Holyroodhouse
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Private Edinburgh Sightseeing and History Tour
Ranked #14 of 404 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.
Mount Laurel, New Jersey
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“Holyrodhouse Palace”
Reviewed June 10, 2014

The palace was interesting and the audio guide gave a good explanation of what you were viewing. The store had a nice collection of Royal items.

Visited June 2014
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“Bring history to life”
Reviewed June 10, 2014

A well organised tourist attraction, with lots of informed staff and guides. An audio guide is supplied which raises the experience. With various options, you can have as much, or as little, history as you want. Highly Recommended.

Visited June 2014
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“Amazing views, nice visit”
Reviewed June 10, 2014 via mobile

As the palace is currently use by Royal Family is very well preserved: the audio guide is very nice, explains the tour in a perfect level of details. The palace itself and its gardens are very beautiful. You also know better about Queen Mary stuart.

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“an interesting place”
Reviewed June 8, 2014

This is an interesting place to visit in Edinburgh. The rooms are not very beautiful, but it is interesting all the same.

Visited July 2013
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“Great!”
Reviewed June 8, 2014

I loved it here, so much history associated to this building. I personally loved the rooms that were used by Mary Queen Of Scots, especially the room that is supposedly where David Rizzio perished.

It's a shame that photos are not allowed inside the palace as they would have made great mementos. There is plenty of opportunities to take photos of the exterior of the palace and Abbey though.

Great gift shop and nice little on site cafe.

It's a good idea to also combine your ticket with a visit to the Queen's Gallery next door.

Visited April 2014
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