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Holyrood Abbey

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Address: Canongate, Royal Mile, Edinburgh, Scotland
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A very interesting ruin with a good few readable gravestones. What more can one say about a ruin. I enjoyed reading the information plaques

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Sunderland, United Kingdom
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Sunderland, United Kingdom
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 62 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed yesterday NEW

A very interesting ruin with a good few readable gravestones. What more can one say about a ruin. I enjoyed reading the information plaques

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Plymouth, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed yesterday NEW via mobile

I appreciated seeing the ruins and learning about the history of this Abbey at the end of my tour. 5*

Thank Alichia P
Biloxi, Mississippi
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

We visited this place on our last day and it was very lovely to see and i am glad we did not skip it. They have done very well to preserve it.

Thank Kahlyn M
Mesa, Arizona
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

We spent about 25mins walking around and reading the info for the Abbey. The garden was closed during our visit but could get a glimpse of spring starting in the garden.

Thank Chris_Mesa
Clarksville, Tennessee
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 14 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

My wife and I were pleasantly surprised to find the remains of Holyrood Abbey at the end of our palace tour. From both a historical and spiritual perspective the abbey remains add a special experience to the palace tour. I heartly recommend time spent taking in this unique site which has contributed so much to the history of Holyrood Palace... More 

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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 16 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

I believe you can only see the Abbey if you pay for the Holyrood Palace tour, but the Abbey was worth the price of entrance. This place is beautiful.

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Edinburgh, United Kingdom
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 17 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

Visitors are drawn to the Palace of Holyroodhouse, but do not realise that the palace began as the guest house of the monastery. The park was a royal hunting preserve and the abbly close to taht and also probably warmer and less draughty than the palace in Edinburgh Castle! So Edinburgh has two palaces. Only the ruined nave survives. In... More 

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New Glarus, Wisconsin
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Visiting this ancient ruin was a quieting experience. Take the time to look at the stone work. It truly is a work of art.

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Buxton, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

This was really peaceful and quiet. Interesting to walk around at your leisure and work out a history of the building.

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Cleveland, Ohio
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

This is my fourth visit to Holyrood and I always enjoy it. The Abbey is a great photo opportunity. Unfortunately, no pictures are allowed inside the palace.

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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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