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

Visited this holy rood house during the winter time with some of my family and we all loved it lovely garden and so many historic things that you can experience must visit if you are in Edinburgh

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Reviewed today

This was far more interesting then you think. In some ways more so than the castle because of the constant connection to the royals who continue to reside here. Also the abbey ruins.

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Reviewed yesterday

Wonderful palace. Not as ornate or architecturally interesting as many I have been to but fun to tour (self paced audio guide provided with ticket) and they were getting ready for the Queens July outdoor garden party that she annually hosts

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Reviewed yesterday via mobile

The official Queens residence when she is in Edinburgh. Lots of history- who knew Mary Queen of Scotts might have killed her second (of three) husband? Self guided tour is pretty informative even if it skips a lot of the art. Note they don’t allow...More

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Reviewed 2 days ago via mobile

Very good tour of the Queen’s Scottish home. Some personal pictures and you have access to a lot of the castle including the rooms of Mary Queen of Scots.

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Reviewed 2 days ago via mobile

Great audio tour, could have had a few more signs with the number but that would be my only complaint.

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Reviewed 2 days ago

Situated at 1 end of the Royal mile, its worth a visit. Listening to the audio you can thoroughly enjoy watching the building for of beautiful rooms, ceilings, the exterior and the abbey ruins. Re command to book the Royal Edinburgh as that allows you...More

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Reviewed 3 days ago via mobile

Nice to see where Queen spends some of the summer. Lots of history to discover and see here. Admission price rather high. Doesn't take that long to visit

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Reviewed 3 days ago via mobile

This is a nice attraction to get out of the rain but I think you really need to appreciate the royal history to fully make the most of it. There is no information inside the house on anything so it's really important to take an...More

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Reviewed 3 days ago via mobile

Don’t get me wrong, there is grandeur and we thoroughly enjoyed our visit but this is a working palace and we didn’t feel that it impressed as much as other palaces. We were, however, blown away by the ceilings. The exterior and the abbey ruins...More

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Helen C
11 June 2018|
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Response from Lisa U | Reviewed this property |
If you are an art lover, there are some fantastic pieces. The exhibits do change so, I would check it out before I made my final decision. I have done the tour both ways and I didn’t feel like I missed anything the time I... More
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san20sg
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Response from Claire C | Reviewed this property |
1-2 hours. There are restaurants inside the compound. Once you are in tge palace, it's a full walk-through.
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SharpElbows
22 April 2018|
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Response from Edward S | Reviewed this property |
You can buy castle passes at the TI in town rather than at the Palace and that affords you a time (and money) saving. We did not encounter long lines when we were there, but it was off peak.
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