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Palace of Holyroodhouse


Palace of Holyroodhouse14.5
mary queen of scots • audio guide • abbey ruins • queen's gallery

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  • Photo of Emma Daubenmerkl
    Self guided audio tour
  • Photo of Stuart H
    3 months ago
    Spent an enjoyable hour out of the rain having a look round. Guided tour using hand held speakers worked really well and I felt quite educated at the end of it.
  • Photo of Borderer12
    3 months ago
    Holyroodhouse and the Abbey are well worth the visit. The no photography policy (generally enforced by sufficient staff) means people can actually move around and look without fearing for their safety. The audio guide provided is excellent and the room guides helpful. The gardens are nice as well, although when we visited it was not the weather to sit and linger. My only reason for not giving it 5 is the fact that Mary Stuart looms very large indeed, and I find her one of the most tedious people ever to have drawn breath!
  • Photo of Lonnie S
    3 months ago
    It is worth the time it takes to do this tour. You can do the guided tour or the audio tour. They are both just as informing. See and hear the history of Mary Queen of Scots and Lord Darnely. See the King and Queens bed chambers. Definitely a must do in Edinburgh.
  • Photo of LostALot22
    3 months ago
    It's located at the bottom of the Royal Mile. The tour is pretty nice and comes with audio. You move at your own pace. I liked it and my kids loved it. They do show you a decent amount of the palace.
  • Photo of jayne c
    3 months ago
    This is another must see. The audio guide is very easy to use and great. Plenty to see, and lots of history. Wasn't too crowded when we went, so we could wander with ease and take our time. All staff friendly and helpful. Tea rooms looked lovely, but a little expensive.
  • Photo of T P
    3 months ago
    This one is worth the time to get to. There is an extensive history present at this location. Take the guided listening tour, it is worth the price of admission.
  • Photo of WestCoastJohn&Jane
    3 months ago
    Having visited a number of Royal Palaces, we were not particularly enthused about another and worried about the crowds most places in Edinburgh being distracting on the visit. To our surprise, there were not many visitors touring the Palace and the history around Mary Queen of Scots etc made for an interesting visit, even if the furnishing etc are not so spectacular. The exhibit (war photos from the Crimea) in the Queens Gallery on the other hand was not very interesting. Would recommend the Palace but be careful about adding a visit to the Queens Gallery unless the current exhibit really appeals to you.
  • Photo of localregular
    3 months ago
    This was a lovely afternoon spent exploring the public rooms of the current queen's residence in Edinburgh and the private rooms of a queen from the middle ages. The apartment of Mary Queen of Scotts was especially wonderful. So many of her personal artifacts survive and are exhibited there. Learned so much about her tragic life.
  • Photo of TheKeighleys
    3 months ago
    There is a lot to see in the palace, but the lighting levels and dark panelling make it feel a bit oppressive and gloomy. The room stewards are knowledgeable and friendly, but when you can't see more than a face on the many portraits, you tend not to linger.
  • Photo of jksmudge
    3 months ago
    When you get there get the free audio machine, it gives a very good commentary about the palace. The palace is huge so give yourself time to go round and take your time. Unfortunately you can't take photos inside the palace but you can take photos in the old Abbey and the forecourt area and gardens. If the Royal family is there the palace is closed to the public so your tickets are valid for the Gallery instead.
  • Photo of f2s
    3 months ago
    I do love it but the history, decoration and antiques are a bit of a mix. Take the royal portraits in the long gallery for instance, all painted over 3 years by one artist, and most are pure fantasy! Some fine 16th C plaster ceilings, so look up. The "Royal Bed" came from another grand house (Duke of Hamilton) and so it goes on. Don't miss the splendid Abbey and Royal Art Gallery.
  • Photo of SweetieRocky
    3 months ago
    At the bottom of the Royal Mile, the Palace of Holyroodhouse greets you. While we found the cost quite expensive, t is not until you get inside to understand what you are paying for. The grounds are immaculate. The Palace itself is a working palace so it is interesting to be allowed into such a venue. With the use of your audio guide, you can walk around at your own pace. The gardens are a impressive. The walking that you could do could last a few hours. For the keen walker, you can walk to top of the mountain in the distance which is part of the palace grounds. After walking for 4 hours around Edinburgh castle and the royal mile, we had had enough of walking. A better plan would be Edinburgh Castle one day and Palace another day.
  • Photo of Dawn G
    3 months ago
    However, this one is worth the trip. We took a guided tour of the gardens, which was excellent - we paid for that with our tickets. The tour of the palace was not guided but everyone had an audio guide which was excellent - that is free with your admission ticket. The audio tells of the history and whats in the rooms - the part about Mary Queen of Scots was interesting. The Queen usually comes to live in this palace about 2 weeks every year. Worth the visit.
  • Photo of Rotiman1
    3 months ago
    I really enjoyed the visit to Holyroodhouse because it was so well organised to cater for the ongoing crowd of visitors The audio guide had the perfect amount of interesting information about each room Sometimes guides are incredibly detailed and go into minute details that are totally irrelevant except for experts in the field The circular route ensured there were minimal choke points, except where they naturally occurred like spiral staircases The walk through the garden was a pleasant way to concluded the tour I would have given 5 stars except for the small ticket office and that the tour options were on a small A4 sign set lower than the ticket window
  • Photo of Julie L
    3 months ago
    Really enjoyed the tour, the gardens where beautiful and staff helpful and informative. Visited the coffee shop and enjoyed the whiskey cake and free shortbread on showing our hop on hop off bus ticket.
  • Photo of Flossie712015
    3 months ago
    This palace was much better than we were expecting, not knowing it was a current Royal Palace. It's easy to get to and easily combined with the walk to Arthur's Seat if you are reasonably fit. It's a pretty setting, sumptuous, and some parts steeped in history. Good audio guide and big efficient tea room.
  • Photo of ANANTHARAJ T
    3 months ago
    Must see place in EDINBURGH Good place to visit & very nice interiors Use the AUDIO Guide for more detailed understandings
  • Photo of tomopg10
    3 months ago
    I was not to keen on going (as I already give Elizabeth enough money) but tagged along with my wife,it was ok as a historical house but not worth the price.
  • Photo of CliveD1802
    3 months ago
    Wasn’t sure whether to visit or not but so glad we did. Didn’t visit the garden due to the weather but Queens Chambers and Palace were brilliant. Took the audio guide which was easy to use and very informative.
  • Photo of Denis F
    3 months ago
    Beautiful palace on the golden mile. Nice walk from the Castle to there. Line can be long to buy tickets, but it worth it. No pictures are allowed inside. Don't forget to look at the ruins of the Cathedral in the back.

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