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Palace of Holyroodhouse

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Address: Canongate, Edinburgh EH8 8DX, Scotland
Phone Number:
+44 303 123 7306
Today
09:30 - 18:00
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Sun - Sat 09:30 - 18:00
Recommended length of visit: 2-3 hours
Fee: Yes
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The Palace of Holyroodhouse is the official residence in Scotland of Her...

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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Very interesting with excellent audio tour, it covered all the grounds and ruins on the site. Our entrance is valid for a year.

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Very interesting with excellent audio tour, it covered all the grounds and ruins on the site. Our entrance is valid for a year.

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It's well worth taking a couple of hours to do the audio your around this beautiful building. It's so easy to get to by foot from the city centre. Lovely views from the grounds.

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It's not quite as big as it looks really. You go in and are handed an audio guide, which you use to tell you a little about each room or area you visit. This keeps things moving and gives some decent information and as there's pretty much nothing to read inside, it's the only information you'll get! It's a nice... More 

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Decided to take a look around the palace. Very reasonably priced to get in. All the staff very friendly and passionate about their jobs. Had the audio recording which was great. You could go around the palace in your own time and pace. It was easy to imagine the young royals running round the garden and the wedding reception of... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed yesterday NEW

This was an interesting place to visit - lots to see, with information provided by way of audio guide included in the entrance price. The information was informative without being overwhelming. Although only some of the Palace is accessible to visitors, by the time we had finished I felt we had seen a good representative sample. Every member of staff... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed yesterday NEW

We walked to the end of the Royal Mile and found this Castle. It was our first morning in Scotland and we didn;t have our bearings yet but were happy we came upon this. There's a little café to take a break and a gift shop as well. There are stairs to climb inside and they were very accommodating to... More 

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I started here and I'm glad! The audio guide is free and so interesting! You will get lost in here as there is so much to see make sure you don't spend more than two hours.

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A well thought out tour combining aspects of our current Monarch with the past Kings and Queens of Scotland.

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If you know anything about Mary Queen of Scots, Queen Elizabeth I, or the beheading of King Charles I then Edinburgh Castle, the Royal Mile, and Holyrood House are a must see. Fascinating moments of history abound between these magnificent old buildings. Somewhere along the way you'll have an opportunity to purchase attend haggis!

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A must see for all those Royal Lovers. Not just because it's the Queens Official Residence in Scotland, but the history of Queen Mary of Scotland. Feels awesome to walk in the halls of Royalty

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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 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.
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