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Palace of Holyroodhouse

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Southside & Holyrood
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Address: Canongate, Edinburgh EH8 8DX, Scotland
Phone Number:
+44 303 123 7306
09:30 - 18:00
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Sun - Sat 09:30 - 18:00
Recommended length of visit: 2-3 hours
Fee: Yes

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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This is were the Queen sometimes stays during the summer not just Balmoral. The attraction offers a free audio guild to tell the history and stories of the building. I didn't... read more

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed yesterday NEW via mobile

This is were the Queen sometimes stays during the summer not just Balmoral. The attraction offers a free audio guild to tell the history and stories of the building. I didn't know much about this palace but the guide informed me a lot about the place. I should have done some research on this building beforehand as there is tons... More 

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Audio guide in several languages. Lovely old palace with good explanation of the history. Very interesting.

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Visited as part of family short break, early Sunday afternoon as it was on the list of 'must sees'. The palace itself is of course beautiful, though not as stunning and imposing ( or as big as I had anticipated)as some places we have visited. There are beautiful things to see, and history to learn, as you would expect. You... More 

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Allocate a good two hours and take your time. So much to see. So much history. Didn't visit the gardens. Will go back in summer for that.

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A "must see" when you're in Edinburgh. The tour is interesting to say the least, and enhanced with the handsets. Amazing.

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The package of palace and art gallery tickets together is worth getting, saves a bit of money. Although the audio guides are free (which is a lovely gesture and more places should do) make sure you pick one up because otherwise you could be in and out in minutes as there's no signage around the castle and the gallery is... More 

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If you enjoy visiting historic old Castles , Palaces and Houses then Holyrood should be on your agenda to visit ..

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Using the audio guide, we found the tour exceptionally informative. Having access to Mary, Queen of Scots bedchamber was evocative and enlightening. The house guides were very knowledgable too, which made the whole visit faultless.

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You cannot photograph past the front courtyard. The free audio tour was very worthwhile. We also had a short talk by a docent on the Queen's silver service for 100, with over 3000 pieces, made in Edinburgh. The ruins of the abbey adjacent were very evocative. In the summer, it would be lovely walking the gardens, but they are closed... More 

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Went to Holyrood Palace with my son and a couple of his friends. What a beautiful place. Free audio tour and plenty of staff on hand. Audio tour gave enough information with extra accessable if you wanted to hear more. Well preserved piece of Scottish history. On the way out my ticket was stamped so I can return as many... More 

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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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