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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Palace of Holyroodhouse reviews
This is one place not to be missed.Booked before we went.Very interesting especially as it has been in the news a lot lately.We were given ear phones and tablet to follow.Excellent.Very well...
This is one place not to be missed.Booked before we went.Very interesting especially as it has been in the news a lot lately.We were given ear phones and tablet to follow.Excellent.Very well... more »
The palace is imposingly picturesque on the outside and full of superb decorations and furniture on the inside. The excellent multimedia guide provides plenty of info and historic contest.
The palace is imposingly picturesque on the outside and full of superb decorations and furniture on the inside. The excellent multimedia guide provides plenty of info and historic contest. more »
A fascinating tour of Scottish History in a building that is relevant today as it was hundreds of years ago. To understand the key points of the tour it is essential to have the free audio guide...
A fascinating tour of Scottish History in a building that is relevant today as it was hundreds of years ago. To understand the key points of the tour it is essential to have the free audio guide... more »
Great place to visit and excellent audio tour included. Nice to get so close to some of the furnishings and amazing tapestries which often in National Trust properties you are kept well away from. Sadly because of the time of year the gardens were closed which would have added to the experience. Well worth a visit though
Beautiful palace that’s still in use. Excellent audio visual tour that was easy to use and you can go at your own pace and choose whether or not to watch all the content. I would go again just for the architecture but the history, art, and artifacts are great. There are lots of castles to see in Scotland and this was one of my favorites. Don’t forget to tour the gardens.
I enjoyed my visit here very much. The interactive tour guide provides you with a clever mix of interesting facts and stories and also some personal contributions about Holyroodhouse from members of the royal family, such as Prince Charles and Princess Ann. All three - the palace with the remains of the abbey and the garden and the further surrounding, the great landscape make this place to an exceptional experience. No wonder this place is still used by the Queen for official ceremonies and entertaining.
My adult son and I really enjoyed our visit on 6/10/22. Beautiful and fascinating place. The tour inside, assisted with the self guided audio, was fantastic! Recommend purchasing tickets in advance. Allow some time for tea at the Cafe.
Really a wonderful place to visit. Knowing that this castle is still used today is very cool. Seeing things the queen uses while she is there is so interesting! Really loved walking through everything related to Mary Queen of Scots. The cafe was quite lovely as well! The abbey was an added bonus, as was the incredible views of Arthur’s Seat
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