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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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Hours Today: 9:30 AM - 6:00 PM
Suggested Duration: 2-3 hours
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Canongate, Edinburgh EH8 8DX, Scotland
Southside & Holyrood
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Palace of Holyroodhouse is a place where the royals still stay very few rooms are open to public you get to see the old part of the palace as well which is no longer used. Currently you can see only the dining area and some...More

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Reviewed 2 days ago

We enjoyed the palace, gardens and the abbey. The free audio tour is set up so you can easily stay in any area for as long as you want and not feel rushed. Definitely, use it because it really helps to add interesting information about...More

Thank GranddaddyDom
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Reviewed 3 days ago via mobile

So disappointed that the palace was closed during our visit. Had we known earlier, we would have planned our first day in Edinburgh differently. Don’t know if this happens often. Check their website when planning your day.

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Reviewed 5 days ago

We had to choose between the castle and palace for time purposes, and we were glad we chose the palace. You have access to more rooms, which added to the interest of the tour. We did not take the audio devices, but in hindsight we...More

Thank JoAnne238
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Reviewed 6 days ago

We loved the palace! The free audio tour was very well done- it added a lot to the visit and was really informative. The staff was very helpful and knowledgable- they answered all our questions! The palace is beautiful - especially the tapestries and the...More

Thank LG12112
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Reviewed 6 days ago

Particularly enjoyed the wide staircases of the entrance halls, the enormous grand space where heads of state have been received and entertained.

Thank Gregory T
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Reviewed 6 days ago via mobile

I went to Edinburgh this spring, and went to see the palace of holyroodhouse. Everywhere I looked they recommended buying the tickets online, saying that it was cheaper and was the only way to make sure they weren't sold out when you went there, so...More

Thank julie s
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Reviewed 6 days ago

Very well organized and excellent audio tour. Learned a lot about the palace and Scottish history! We would highly recommend going here.

Thank mjgogel50
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Reviewed 1 week ago

Old and current at the same time. Home of Mary Queen of Scots and Elizabeth II when in town. Remarkable furniture and textiles.

Thank Mary M
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Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

My second visit to Holyroodhouse Palace! First time for my fiancé who doesn’t usually like these things but turns out he loved it! Audio guides proved very helpful! Everything was brilliant! So much information was given!

Thank LauraJM_13
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san20sg
14 May 2018|
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Response from Shaz_m03 | Reviewed this property |
Hi, you will spend 1.5 to 2 hours inside. There is a café outside the palace. It is a one way tour through the palace, so you will get to see everything.
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SharpElbows
23 April 2018|
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Response from Edward S | Reviewed this property |
You can buy castle passes at the TI in town rather than at the Palace and that affords you a time (and money) saving. We did not encounter long lines when we were there, but it was off peak.
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teacher1084
1 March 2018|
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Response from northcoastlady | Reviewed this property |
Too many stairs to navigate with a stroller.
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