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The Queen's Gallery, Edinburgh

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The Queen's Gallery is an art gallery in Edinburgh, Scotland. It forms part of the Palace of Holyroodhouse complex. It was opened in 2002 by Queen Elizabeth II, and exhibits works from the Royal Collection. It is open to the public daily.This Victorian building was originally built as Holyrood Free Church (a congregation of the Free Church of Scotland, then from 1900 United Free Church of Scotland), but was last used for worship in 1915. Prior to its conversion to become the Queen's Gallery the building was used as a storeroom.
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  • Not only a beautiful, if somewhat unexpected, gallery - lots of nature paintings. It is the afternoon tea that gets 5 stars from me - beautiful surroundings and lovely fruit cake  more »
  • We visited the Palace at Holyroodhouse in early May. We purchased combined entry to The Queen's Gallery on the spur of the moment without looking into it so we didn't know that the gallery doesn't hav...  more »
  • When I think of a gallery, I think of beautiful portraits and such but when we visited it was a special exhibit of an artist who specialized in butterflies & nature. So not what I expected. We didn't ...  more »
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  • Bijou gallery. Well designed and always stunning art with excellent interpretation. Audio guides included in price. Ticket seems expensive for size of gallery, but if sign gift aid form one can reuse ticket as often as you like during the year, so very good value if you are able to make return visits. Interesting programme of free seminars (with your day/year ticket).
  • The gallery is not that big I thought previously. Good collection of artwork. Audio guide is available.
  • Love building, hate the German that resides there from time to time with her yellow junkie teeth, and her pedophile husband.
  • Wouldn't pay the admission charge a second time. Nice pictures but not quite to my taste. Audio guide didn't really work all that well either.
  • Not as interesting as some of the other day trips in Edinburgh. Also the palace plus gallery only last about an hour if you do the whole tour - not worth the money. Staff are friendly and buildings are lovely.There could definitely be more made of the visitor experience.

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