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Palace of Holyroodhouse, Edinburgh

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#5 of 407 in Historic Sites in Scotland
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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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  • The Palace is a must see. Do not leave Edinburgh without seeing the Palace. To walk in the rooms that Mary Queen of Scots lived in is UNBELIEVABLE. When walking through the Palace you become awe struc...  more »
  • Except not allowed to take photos . But you are how royalty lives . Lots of history Loved seeing the room where Mary's secretary was dragged from.... all the history was fab  more »
  • Nice look round the house, had a student discount which made it that big better. We had the audio tour which was enough info for it to be informative and not tedious. Gardens were nice, Chinese touris...  more »
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  • Great day out in a beautiful building, the gardens are stunning. The reason for the 3 star rating is the lack of information about the rooms, and items in them. There is an audio guide available , but I was unable to use one on my visit, due to having poorly ears. I would recommend buying tickets in advance, and seek out a member of staff on arrival.
  • Excellent palace, nice audio guide and friendly staff. Worth a longer visit than we had. Lots of good Royal souvenirs at the shop.
  • Beautiful place to visit. Value for money. Not suitable for wheelchairs inside the Palace. Gardens are nice to see along with the ruined Abbey.
  • Stunning place. Entrance was a bit confusing at first, but that's probably just us! Lovely building, with all the information you need. The remains of the Abbey and the gardens were unexpected highlights.
  • Great architectural buildings lots of history. Could have done with written cards in each room explaing the room for those who can't use an audio guide.

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