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. Add Palace of Holyroodhouse to your Edinburgh travel itinerary, and discover new vacation ideas by using our Edinburgh online journey planner .
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  • Holyrood is definitely a distinctively Scottish Castle. The tributes to the Scottish Royal families and the detailed stories of Mary Queen of Scots makes for a really great history lesson. The Abbey i...  more »
  • Went with my disabled dad so he paid £8.50 Mum for £12.50 and as a career I was free. Very historic but audio tour was lacking, some handsets were cutting out in some rooms, but I felt some details we...  more »
  • Very well maintained Palace. In its own juice. The tour is done with audio guide free. It's top. Full of tales. Super nice
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  • I honestly enjoyed this very much. You get audio sets when you arrive and it helps you understand what happened in each room. Will take you 2-3 hours to go through the whole thing and the Abbey is amazing to look at. Even though its current with the English houses and not Scottish, it still looks at the life of Mary, queen of Scots which I found very interesting. Would recommend this to my family and friends.
  • A nice place to visit and hear about the history and current life of the monarchs. Some old rooms, kept as they have been. Some stairs make accessibility difficult. As with many such places you can't take photos inside. You also don't see much of it - with two young children it took us about an hour or so. We couldn't see the garden as we visited in the winter months.
  • Holyroodhouse was one of our favourite spots so far. Make sure you take the audio guide. There’s something very intriguing about knowing that the palace is still in use. It was also not nearly as crowded as some of the attractions we’ve visited. Highly recommended!
  • The Palace inside is lovely and interesting. The Staff onsite are helpful. Audio guides are short yet attention-holding and informative. The ruined abbey is stunning architecturally and the gardens provide more of the calm and quiet atmosphere that oozes around the grounds. There are nice views of Arthur's seat in the gardens As a note to guests on wheelchairs, There are some parts of the palace that have no disabled access whatsoever, but assistance from staff is available if needed. A normal visit that sees all parts would last around 90-120 minutes. It is best to visit the grounds when it is sunny and a little cloudy for visitors looking to snap optimal quality photos of Arthur's Seat.
  • It was a wonderful place to visit. The free audio tour is great, giving you an idea of what to look at and things you may have missed without it. The staff was always available if you had more questions or needed guidance. The views from the gardens were amazing.
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