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Palace of Holyroodhouse

Canongate, Edinburgh EH8 8DX, Scotland
03031237324
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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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Suggested Duration: 2-3 hours
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Canongate, Edinburgh EH8 8DX, Scotland
Southside & Holyrood
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Reviewed yesterday via mobile

We debated whether to pay to go in as we're not massively interested in the Royal family and we live in an area with a lot of stately homes but we went in and we were not disappointed. Very interesting tour. Fabulous artefacts and the...More

Thank Susan S
Reviewed yesterday

Another important site not to miss in Edinburgh. Well maintained and displayed and imbued with historic significance but still in use! Breathtaking gardens, imprssive furnishings and charming photos of the British Royal Family on display.

Thank Judith S
Reviewed yesterday via mobile

We visited almost as an afterthought, and I'm so glad we did. Really interesting place with lots to see. The audio tour was just right, with options to hear more about some of the exhibits at various points. Short walk from our hotel in Princes...More

Thank EssexAndProud
Reviewed yesterday

We were lucky to have missed the queen being in residence here (a couple of weeks before our visit) as the place is closed to the public. Great architechture and history. The free audio tour is also useful. We spent about 2-3 hours here, but...More

Thank eggsy_U
Reviewed yesterday

There is so much to explore in this palace! There is enough history to read through for an entire day, but if you are like me, you will get worn out after about 3 hours or so of reading and walking. In all honesty, as...More

Thank Jonathan M
Reviewed yesterday

I did a quick visit here on a Sunday afternoon prior to catching an Uber to the airport. The queue for the ticket line was very reasonable and did not have to pre-purchase tickets on a very busy tourist day. The attraction was busy, but...More

Thank EdQ528
Reviewed 2 days ago via mobile

The audio guided tour is great, a lot of information and the palace is exciting to visit. Do not miss the garden.

Thank Roni S
Reviewed 2 days ago

This working palace is an enjoyable place to visit. The audio tour of the rooms is excellent - easy to use and informative. The abbey, and the gardens, are lovely.

Thank sfbayareafamily2014
Reviewed 2 days ago via mobile

If you are walking down the royal mile from the Edinburg Castle, you will end up at Holyrood Palace. It is a very beautiful place and is located at the Scottish Parliament

Thank Maksym G
Reviewed 2 days ago

Worth a visit if you are in Edinburgh! We arrived as part of an excursion from our cruise ship and had a fantastic time. The audio tour is informative and engaging. The architecture of the building is beautiful. We highly recommend visiting.

Thank Cheri C
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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
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KosherAndGlutenFree
2 April 2017|
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Response from Chicago_Gayle | Reviewed this property |
Two hours or less. It is self-paced.
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Dita L
6 February 2017|
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Response from Clive D | Reviewed this property |
Yes, about £12-£15 I think.
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