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“Beautiful ruins”
Review of Holyrood Abbey

Holyrood Abbey
Ranked #51 of 449 things to do in Edinburgh
Certificate of Excellence
Reviewed 19 August 2017

This is literally next to Holyrood Palace, and seeing it is part and parcel of taking a tour of the place. While it's beautiful, it IS a ruin, and doesn't take too long to check out while you're at the Palace.

Thank Arlene744
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Reviewed 17 August 2017

The abbey ruins themselves are pretty cool, anything that old is of interest of me. However, I didn't like that I had to buy a ticket for the palace in order to get to the abbey, it would be nice if it was a separate thing, because I found the palace a bit boring to be honest. The abbey is well worth a look though if you're into that kind of thing.

Thank Vicky L
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Reviewed 14 August 2017

The remains of the abbey are evocative, and the tomb markers give us the chance to think of those who have passed before. Try to go at opening time so that you aren't crowded by a bus load that come in all at once.

Thank CameraBluff
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Reviewed 13 August 2017 via mobile

We had a lovely experience visiting the Palace and the Abbey, which is attached. Both are in a beautiful country area at the outskirts of the city. The Palace is small enough that you can get through fairly quickly...an hour plus if you are rushing. It reminds you of the history and of the ongoing presence of the royal family. The audio tour that comes with it is very good. The abbey is attached and is breathtaking. The abbey is ruins, but beautiful. All is set against a gorgeous countryside and gardens. If you want to make a day of it, there is a hiking experience close by. To get to the top of Arthur's Seat, be sure to wear tennis or hiking shoes. We didn't have time to do this, but wish we had. Instead, at the end, we walked up the hill from the Palace and saw an old cemetery, which was super cool.

You can get here with the hop on hop off bus and can get this in a discounted ticket with the bus, the castle, and the Britannia.

Thank IowaStateTraveler
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Reviewed 12 August 2017

...but it's worth a look. Just imagining what it must have looked like in its day is amazing. It comes with the Palace tour so it's worth a read of the stone in the yard. It is truly amazing of the background this city has...absorb it!

Thank Michael M
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