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“Luxury home of the royal family”

Palace of Holyroodhouse
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Private Edinburgh Sightseeing and History Tour
Ranked #14 of 417 things to do in Edinburgh
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Recommended length of visit: 2-3 hours
Owner description: 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.
Reviewed 5 July 2014

Well organised auto-guided tour. Large royal house with a lot of history (Queen Mary of Scotland, ...). Many antiques, such as art, royal porcelain, tapestries, ...
Beautifull garden

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Reviewed 5 July 2014

Wonderful palace, gorgeous gardens, very interesting history. It is also interesting because the Queen still uses it.

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Reviewed 5 July 2014

Yes, there are the usual period royal apartments in this still occupied royal palace. (In fact the Queen was in residence during our Scottish visit...we caught her in Glasgow.) The not so usual are the adjacent abbey ruins and sprawing public park. As in London, the Queen's Gallery features revolving exhibits from the Queen's Collection. This time it was Tudor Cosumes....500 yerss old almost!!!

Thank DianneWheatley
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Reviewed 5 July 2014

Rather a lot of portraits of James of diverse numbers - a bit repetitive and the public rooms not overwhelmingly interesting.
Mary Queen of Scots apartments beautiful and atmospheric - the best part of the tour, and with an interesting set of artefacts in the final room - would have expected rather more of the "things" of royalty, rather than the portraiture that dominated.

Thank Angela P
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Reviewed 4 July 2014

This is a self-guided audio. It is really interesting and one of the tour guides gave my husband and I the full story of the history of the palace and Mary Queen of Scots. If you buy the 2 day Royal Pass on the Hop On Hop Off bus it includes the admission to the palace and the abbey.

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