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“One of the landmarks”

Palace of Holyroodhouse
Ranked #47 of 449 things to do in Edinburgh
Certificate of Excellence
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Fee: Yes
Recommended length of visit: 2-3 hours
Owner description: 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.
Reviewed 4 April 2018

I suggest taking advantage of the audio guide because you will know a lot of interesting details. (Especially Queen Mary's story...) An amazing place to visit !

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Reviewed 4 April 2018

I wasn't sure what to expect on a cold grey day but it was super. They offer a free audio guide for adults and children - take it. It is informative without being over long in each room. It gives you good information and a chance to know more if you want to. I have to say the guides in each room really know their stuff !! They are super - do ask them - I learned some great facts by Eve's dropping. We had 2 children with us with their own audio guide and they were able to go at their own pace - we all loved it. All credit to the people that run this house

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Reviewed 4 April 2018

So after you visit Edinburgh Castle, you think that everything will be a let down. But interestingly that wasn't so for us at Holyroodhouse! We finally timed out trip right such that no royals were in residence to got to go for a tour. First, the ticket buying process does take a bit of time because it's inside the gift shop. Plan at least 20-30 minutes for that. But, once you get going, the organization and audio tour are just great. It's super interesting to visit a place that has such a rich history (Jacobite rebellion and Bonnie Prince Charlie; Mary Queen of Scots) but also is fully in use today as a royal residence and meeting place. The dining room looks almost contemporary, but then you climb the stairs to the third level and realize the rooms have been preserved to Mary and Darnley's time! The tour itself only took us about an hour, but we were on a schedule. You could easily spend more on the tour itself. And the gardens are a wonderland that will have to wait for our next visit. We went the day before the changeover to summer hours so they were not open yet. Looking forward to that next (and now we have to climb Arthur's seat...). Well worth a visit!

Thank MelainieM
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Reviewed 3 April 2018 via mobile

If you want to visit a working palace while ebnjoying an audio tour which brings you through each room in the time of Mary Queen of Scots to modern day then this is for you. I loved the history and chance to view art, architecture, see king and queen bedchamber and decor of the day, jewels, medals with exhibits..choc a block with items of interest really enjoyed this visit.

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Reviewed 3 April 2018 via mobile

The audio guide is very good however I would prefer to also have the option to read further details around attractions, especially in relation to portraits and tapestries, many of which are not mentioned in the audio. Other than that, a great place to visit.

Thank methenomad
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