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Palace of Holyroodhouse, Edinburgh

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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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  • So much to see if you are fans of the Royals and like Palaces as we do! Worth a couple of hours of anyone's time. More to see and read about than Edinburgh castle. 
    So much to see if you are fans of the Royals and like Palaces as we do! Worth a couple of hours of anyone's time. More to see and read about than Edinburgh castle.  more »
  • Great experience walking around the palace with the FREE audio guide. Lots to see of interest with some brilliant details given as you read, listen to the the history of the palace 
    Great experience walking around the palace with the FREE audio guide. Lots to see of interest with some brilliant details given as you read, listen to the the history of the palace  more »
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  • 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.

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