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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
Canongate, Edinburgh EH8 8DX, Scotland
Southside & Holyrood
+44 303 123 7324
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Reviewed yesterday via mobile

Both the Queen's Gallery and the castle give a sense of history and occasion. Scotland's sense of history is evident and one can understand the tide of events that resulted in their present national aspirations.

Reviewed yesterday

This is still a working Palace where the business of Scotland continues to this today. Do take the audio tour otherwise you will miss too much. Absolutely brilliant day out.

Thank Romantic_11
Reviewed yesterday

Set aside a couple of hours to tour the rooms and absorb some of the Royal history of this place (opposite the Scottish Parliament). A very interesting historical building and gardens in a setting at the end of the Royal Mile and below Arthur's seat.

Thank Bert B
Reviewed yesterday via mobile

We took both the tour trough the Castle and Queens museum. Loved the story about the silver for the Queen. You get a free guide and if you listen to it all it will take longer time. But overall - interesting and worth the visit....More

1  Thank Annabrajkovic
Reviewed yesterday

We enjoyed the outdoor garden and abbey more.. only spent 30 mins in the palace. Nothing much to see indoor unless you are into history

Thank SaraLee511
Reviewed 2 days ago via mobile

Spent well over two hours going through this palace. Be sure to take advantage of the no cost electronic tour and head phones for hands free listening. The palace is a must visit for those in Edinburgh. You may find it closed to the public...More

Thank Aloha3102
Reviewed 2 days ago

We toured the Palace of Holyrood House as part of a group tour. I so enjoyed the tour. It was interesting to imagine the Royal Family eating in the dining room. The place settings of course were beautiful! I loved the facts and pictures of...More

Reviewed 2 days ago

This was the only palace in Edinburgh. It is actually Queen Elizabeth's home when in Scotland, so still a functioning palace. So lovely. Grab a bus and head on over. Great giftshop, and cafe.

Thank momox2
Reviewed 3 days ago

We enjoyed our visit here. I am intrigued by the stories of Mary, Queen of Scots and Bonnie Prince Charlie, so this is a great place to learn about some of the history of those 2 people. After having just visited the Edinburgh Castle, we...More

1  Thank hippiefrog
Reviewed 3 days ago via mobile

Incredible visit, the audioguide was great! A bit boring at the beginning with all the architectural informations but when we get into the history of the palace and Queen Mary it's just magical! But unfortunately we can't take pictures inside... but the gardens are also...More

Thank Emma P
Southside & Holyrood
Many of Edinburgh’s student hangouts gather around
university buildings in Southside, the sort of
neighbourhood that supports a long string of
second-hand shops and eateries serving ethnic food for
just a few pounds. In August the student population is
replaced by vast numbers of boisterous visitors here
for the Fringe, Edinburgh’s world-class comedy and
arts festival which headquarters itself here. Flanking
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5 August 2017|
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Response from Daniel O | Reviewed this property |
Yes. Near the end of the Palace tour you follow the instructions from the audio guide and exit out into the Abbey ruins. You can then take a right after leaving the Abbey exit and walk through the Gardens.
2 April 2017|
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Response from Chicago_Gayle | Reviewed this property |
Two hours or less. It is self-paced.
Beth G
8 February 2017|
Response from Lina J |
You can buy it on the day of your visit. There may be a queue but not very long, though