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Palace of Holyroodhouse

Canongate, Edinburgh EH8 8DX, Scotland
+44 303 123 7324
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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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Hours Today: 9:30 am - 6:00 pm
Suggested Duration: 2-3 hours
Canongate, Edinburgh EH8 8DX, Scotland
Southside & Holyrood
+44 303 123 7324
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Reviewed yesterday

I loved the history of this working palace. I loved seeing the dresses, the Queen's chambers and all the stories that each room hel.

Thank RLGriffin2014
Reviewed 2 days ago

This is a very beautiful palace with an interesting history. The audio guide is very good: Informative but not too long. The garden and abbey is very nice as well. There's a pretty little café where you can rest your legs after the tour.

Thank Signe N
Reviewed 4 days ago

I could have spent all day in the gardens alone. We took the audio tour (which I think is included), and the learning began. First of all, I had no idea there was a murder in the house. True crime fans take note. Also, take...More

Thank Mrs_Kenobi
Reviewed 5 days ago

We felt the admission fee was well worth this tour. Good electronic guide system and beautiful gardens and grounds

Thank Rileynico
Reviewed 6 days ago

This beautiful palace has a lot of French influence in design. It is so full of history and interesting things. It is a don't miss tour. Easy to get your tickets without a wait. A lovely gift shop. The gift shop is like a small...More

Thank Traveling4452
Reviewed 6 days ago

Just wondering in this age why photos are not allowed. The visit takes about 90 minutes and the audio is interesting but a little short. I found the rooms in the old tower the most interesting (towards the end of the visit inside the castle)....More

Thank Luis R
Reviewed 1 week ago

We skipped the Castle in Edinburgh on the advice of locals -- the real beauty is in the grounds, the views, etc., and the crowds are easier to handle -- and instead spent a wonderful half-day at Holyroodhouse. The place is beautiful, the history fascinating...More

Thank SteveKopperud
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

This was a well curated exhibition of photographs of the Crimean war. We used the audio tour (i.e. the “wear it round your neck and use headphones” thingy) which really added to the exhibition. Presentation of the photographs was excellent. The printed captions next to...More

Thank Kodachrome25
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Loved our visit here. You get audio guides to play throughout the tour & there are also guides that are around if you want further information. We spent about an hour here inside and it was enough. Outside gardens were closed as its winter. There...More

Thank jannesco
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Pricey but worth a visit if only for the rooms used by Mary Queen of Scots, the best part of the visit. The audio guide is informative in describing how the Palace works now and throughout its history. Worth noting that you can get unlimited...More

Thank PaulGosforth
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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5 August 2017|
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Response from Daniel O | Reviewed this property |
Yes. Near the end of the Palace tour you follow the instructions from the audio guide and exit out into the Abbey ruins. You can then take a right after leaving the Abbey exit and walk through the Gardens.
2 April 2017|
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Response from Chicago_Gayle | Reviewed this property |
Two hours or less. It is self-paced.
Beth G
8 February 2017|
Response from Lina J |
You can buy it on the day of your visit. There may be a queue but not very long, though