We noticed that you're using an unsupported browser. The TripAdvisor website may not display properly.
We support the following browsers:
Windows: Internet Explorer, Mozilla Firefox, Google Chrome. Mac: Safari.
The latest reviews. The lowest prices. The perfect place to shop for hotels.

Holyrood Abbey

Certificate of Excellence
Map updates are paused. Zoom in to see updated info.
Reset zoom
Updating Map...
Get directions
Address: Canongate, Royal Mile, Edinburgh, Scotland
Phone Number:
+44 131 556 5100
Book In Advance
More Info
and up
Edinburgh Royal History Walking Tour with Optional Palace of Holyrood House...
Why book on Viator?
  • Tour highlights & full itinerary
  • Easy online booking
  • Lowest price guaranteed
More Information ›

TripAdvisor Reviewer Highlights

Read all 638 reviews
Visitor rating
  • 257
  • 129
    Very good
  • 40
  • 4
  • 2
Beautiful and peaceful place

The day we visited the sun was shining through the empty stone window frames producing beautiful shadows throughout, with historical features surrounding it was a very peaceful... read more

Reviewed 6 days ago
Rachel T
Colchester, United Kingdom
Add Photo Write a Review

638 Reviews from our TripAdvisor Community

Traveller rating
Traveller type
Time of year
  • More
Showing 432: English reviews
Cary, North Carolina
Level Contributor
268 reviews
107 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 83 helpful votes
Reviewed today NEW

The remaing structure is best visited with a guide to explain the history. Again a fee to enter and depending on how many ruins you have seen, this could be eliminated.

Thank 24lorraineS
Colchester, United Kingdom
Level Contributor
37 reviews
14 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 20 helpful votes
Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

The day we visited the sun was shining through the empty stone window frames producing beautiful shadows throughout, with historical features surrounding it was a very peaceful place definitely worth a visit.

Thank Rachel T
Brattleboro, Vermont
Level Contributor
354 reviews
129 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 120 helpful votes
Reviewed 1 week ago

This is included in your admission to Holyrood House. It is simply the remains of an old abbey lost to time a couple of centuries ago. You can spend just a few minutes inside and will have covered it.

Thank 2CAtravelers
Zurich, Switzerland
Level Contributor
518 reviews
132 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 187 helpful votes
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

This Abbey is located in the grounds of Holyrood Palace. Our Palace tour took us into the Abbey having left the adjacent Palace and before walking through the gardens. The Abbey is in ruins but worth seeing all the same.

Thank Kevin H
Greendale, Wisconsin
Level Contributor
56 reviews
32 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 16 helpful votes
Reviewed 1 week ago

The ruins of the abbey are beautiful and capture the life of those who lived and worked in the abbey. A beautiful place.

Thank TomDebBG
Moscow, Russia
Level Contributor
102 reviews
31 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 69 helpful votes
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Great visit while in Edinburgh. About 1-2 hours needed to have a good look around and see the Holyrood Abbey. Holyrood Abbey is our favorite part and the garden around. Avoid busy touristy times, gets crowded.

Thank Alexey_Barinov
Austin, Texas
Level Contributor
59 reviews
27 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 23 helpful votes
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Old and not in the best of shape, but good to see how buildings were constructed in the past. The Scottish stonemasons must have been very dedicated to their art. Not a place to visit on a wet day. Stones may be slippery.

Thank Motherof1
Sydney, Australia
Level Contributor
284 reviews
142 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 55 helpful votes
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

A beautiful ruin! After the main tour it is great to be able to take photographs! Also looks great from outside in the gardens.

Thank Robert H
Edinburgh, United Kingdom
Level Contributor
55 reviews
28 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 15 helpful votes
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Visited here a few times to take photo and never disappointed. the ruins are superb and the building is beautiful. There are also graves of past nobility and it is steeped in history. I would say it's the hidden gem in the palace. It's at the very end of the tour and if you have a.chance read up about its... More 

Thank edinburghcitymom
London, United Kingdom
Level Contributor
95 reviews
37 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 40 helpful votes
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

There is not much left from the abbey, just the outer wall, but still stunning and part of the tour of the Palace. Nice place oerall

Thank Batd2

Travellers who viewed Holyrood Abbey also viewed

South Queensferry, Edinburgh

Been to Holyrood Abbey? Share your experiences!

Write a Review Add Photos & Videos

Is This Your TripAdvisor Listing?

Own or manage this property? Claim your listing for free to respond to reviews, update your profile and much more.

Claim Your Listing

Questions & Answers

Here's what previous visitors have asked, with answers from representatives of Holyrood Abbey and other visitors
2 questions
Ask a question
Doncaster, United Kingdom
Doncaster, United Kingdom

See all questions (2)

Questions? Get answers from Holyrood Abbey staff and past visitors.
Posting guidelines
Typical questions asked:
  • Do I have to buy a ticket for my infant?
  • How do I get there using public transportation?
  • Is there a restaurant or café onsite?

Staying in Southside & Holyrood

Neighbourhood Profile
Southside & Holyrood
Many of Edinburgh’s student hangouts gather around university buildings in Southside, the sort of neighbourhood 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.
Explore this neighbourhood