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Palace of Holyroodhouse

Canongate, Edinburgh EH8 8DX, Scotland
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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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Hours Today: 09:30 - 18:00
Suggested Duration: 2-3 hours
Canongate, Edinburgh EH8 8DX, Scotland
Southside & Holyrood
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Reviewed yesterday via mobile

The audio guided tour is great, a lot of information and the palace is exciting to visit. Do not miss the garden.

Thank Roni S
Reviewed yesterday

This working palace is an enjoyable place to visit. The audio tour of the rooms is excellent - easy to use and informative. The abbey, and the gardens, are lovely.

Thank sfbayareafamily2014
Reviewed yesterday via mobile

If you are walking down the royal mile from the Edinburg Castle, you will end up at Holyrood Palace. It is a very beautiful place and is located at the Scottish Parliament

Thank Maksym G
Reviewed yesterday

Worth a visit if you are in Edinburgh! We arrived as part of an excursion from our cruise ship and had a fantastic time. The audio tour is informative and engaging. The architecture of the building is beautiful. We highly recommend visiting.

Thank Cheri C
Reviewed 2 days ago

Well worth a visit to see the interior of this amazing palace that has such interesting history, particularly if you are interested in Mary Queen of Scots. Lovely to stroll around the gardens too.

Thank SueBish59
Reviewed 2 days ago

Holyroodhouse is not to be missed. So much Scottish history has taken place here, and the rooms are just incredible.

Thank traveling-family36
Reviewed 2 days ago

This palace is beautiful and lots to see. Even though it is still an active palace, you feel welcome. The audio tour (free) gives you lots of background and current events

Thank surogers2001
Reviewed 2 days ago via mobile

Definitely worth an audio tour! I was in Edinburgh 3 years ago with friends and the Palace was closed because the Queen was in town. According to the audio tour she is at the palace at least once a year in July so check the...More

Thank BridgetSMKL
Reviewed 2 days ago

It was a wet day in Edinburgh so we were looking for an indoor activity and decided on Holyrood palace. We bought a combined ticket for the Queen's Gallery and the Palace, was it was raining we thought we would forgo the garden tour. This...More

Thank Taxidevil
Reviewed 2 days ago via mobile

Very nice palace and reasonably priced as well! I would recommend going round with the audio guide to hear about the palace in more depth and learn about the history. Worth a visit if your ever in Edinburgh.

Thank Flobbb
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
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2 April 2017|
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Response from Chicago_Gayle | Reviewed this property |
Two hours or less. It is self-paced.
Dita L
6 February 2017|
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Response from Clive D | Reviewed this property |
Yes, about £12-£15 I think.