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Palace of Holyroodhouse

Canongate, Edinburgh EH8 8DX, Scotland
+44 303 123 7324
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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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Suggested Duration: 2-3 hours
Canongate, Edinburgh EH8 8DX, Scotland
Southside & Holyrood
+44 303 123 7324
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Reviewed 3 days ago

Toured the palace with an audio tour. Learned quite a bit! It was large and beautiful. Got to see where the Queen stays while in Scotland!

1  Thank Kellie224
Reviewed 3 days ago

Well impressed with this place from entering to leaving. I am disabled and as a result got a discount entry price and on top without mentioning anything my wife got in for free as a carer to me so bear in mind if your in...More

1  Thank Stephen W
Reviewed 4 days ago

We had a wonderful festive afternoon tea at Holyrood Palace today. The service was excellent and the food wonderful. The selection of cakes was very varied. The scones and the tarts were warm. The cream was flavoured with brandy and the jam was beautiful. A...More

Thank mrsr1495
Reviewed 5 days ago via mobile

We really enjoyed our time here. Could only have been better if the gardens hadn’t been closed for the winter but that is understandable.

Thank Karan L
Reviewed 5 days ago via mobile

Worth the money and hand sets ace. Very welcoming on arrival. Well maintained and very interesting. Would suit older visitors

1  Thank Sharon123868
Reviewed 5 days ago

Great self-paced tour with free audio guide. Lots of history and items of historical interest. I particularly impressed with Mary Queen of Scots's chambers.

Thank Texan73
Reviewed 5 days ago via mobile

Very well-preserved elegant rooms rich in history. A fantastic audio guide provides a good narrative of each of the rooms and the greater story of the palace and its occupants. Not too large or overwhelming - just the right size.

Thank DD A
Reviewed 6 days ago

1) This place is spectacular and the audio tour is a must (covers part of the garden so don't take the one offered separately for the garden). 2) Favorite is the abbey and the gardens. Make sure to spend time here just exploring and absorbing...More

Thank Vrinda D
Reviewed 1 week ago

As my title suggests but had we had more time available then we would have visited without question, sorry can't be more helpful.

1  Thank hollgatt
Reviewed 1 week ago

If you can hit Edinburgh around 30 Nov the palace is open for free. Including the excellent audio guide. Well worth it!

Thank Rebecca S
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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4 August 2017|
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Response from Daniel O | Reviewed this property |
Yes. Near the end of the Palace tour you follow the instructions from the audio guide and exit out into the Abbey ruins. You can then take a right after leaving the Abbey exit and walk through the Gardens.
2 April 2017|
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Response from Chicago_Gayle | Reviewed this property |
Two hours or less. It is self-paced.
Beth G
7 February 2017|
Response from Lina J |
You can buy it on the day of your visit. There may be a queue but not very long, though