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Palace of Holyroodhouse, Edinburgh
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Finish your stroll down Edinburgh's Royal Mile by touring the stately Scottish residence of the British monarch, Palace of Holyroodhouse. The palace's founding dates back to the establishment of Holyrood Abbey in 1128, and the King and Queen of Scots resided here from the 15th century onward. Inside you'll see the state apartments, which contain one of the world's largest collections of Brussels tapestries and numerous other works of art. You'll also enter Mary, Queen of Scots’ chambers, where the famous and ill-fated queen slept and devoutly practiced her Catholic faith. If you visit in summer, your ticket price includes a tour of the abbey, or use a complimentary audio guide as you walk through the palace. Before you leave, have your ticket stamped to receive a year of free admission. It couldn't be easier to arrange your visit to Palace of Holyroodhouse and many more Edinburgh attractions: make an itinerary online using Inspirock's Edinburgh trip builder.
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  • No photography allowed here. It was wonderful to see and read about the bloody history of the most romantic palace in all of the UK. During this time of the year it was covered in Christmas decor. 
  • We were with friends in the Palace of Holyroodhouse and were thrilled. A must for all visitors to Edinburgh.
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  • We didn't have much time to visit the palace before closing. We entered at 15:15 and it was closing at 16:30 but this was more than long enough to take a tour of the palace. It was beautifully decorat...  more »
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  • My son an I completely enjoyed our day at Holyroodhouse and learning about the history of the place. It was a well spent morning and the afternoon we spent climbing Arthurs Seat. Highly recommend visiting if you enjoy history. Make sure you take in the art gallery it was a highlight to our visit, we enjoyed the visiting exhibit while we were there.
  • Holyrood Palace is the Queen's residence in Edinburgh. I was exceptionally lucky to attend a Garden party when my son was presented with his Gold Duke of Edinburgh Award by HRH Duke of Edinburgh. We had an amazing day. The Palace and grounds are wonderful with an amazing view.
  • Definitely, worth a visit if you're in Edinburgh, although plenty of more impressive castles to visit once you get out of the city or even the Edinburgh Castle. Not too much of exploration inside but lovely grounds worth a bit of time.
  • There's a good audio tour you go through, and the castle itself has interesting (recent) history to it.
  • Not family friendly. If you don't mind having your children constantly told off by over intrusive guards for touching things even though the things are on your side of the barrier, and not politely either, then you will love it. They also don't tell you before you, ve paid that they have a one way system and you can not revisit a room you have already been in even if the rest of your group are still in their. I also agree it is very over priced.