Located at the end of the Royal Mile is Her Majesty the Queen's official Scottish residence - the elegant Palace of Holyroodhouse.
The palace is where Mary, the Queen of Scots, lived through her short although turbulent supremacy.
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Take a tour of the Palace of Holyroodhouse and get stuck into some Scottish royal history. Here are our top attractions to see when visiting Holyrood Palace.
Holyrood Abbey Fancy a visit to the romantic ruins of the 12th-century Holyrood Abbey with a guided tour and learn about its extraordinary history. Be escorted as well as get inspired by the Warden's flamboyant dresses in their ancient Stewart tartan. Admire the only surviving part of David's original 'monastery of the Holy Rood' processional doorway. You will see the royal vault at the Abbey, the final resting place of both Augustinian and royalty canons. On the west front is one of the impressive Gothic facades of the rebuilt Holyrood palace abbey church.
State Apartments Tickets for the Palace of Holyroodhouse allow visitors to explore 14 magnificent state and historic apartments. Explore through the series of beautiful tapestries, renowned for their stunning plasterwork ceilings and exquisitely decorated rooms. Discover the stately rooms, and explore its most famed inhabitants, such as Mary, Queen of Scots, and Bonnie Prince Charlie. With your Holyrood palace tickets, learn about the ins and outs of the queen's engagement in this royal residence.
The Great Gallery Be sure to visit The Queen's Gallery, the largest room in the palace decorated with over 100 paintings of diverse Scottish monarchs. Although today it's mainly used for banquets, it had various uses in past years, such as a ballroom, a place where Scottish peers were elected, and even a chapel. It hosts a program of changing exhibitions from the Royal Collection. The Royal Collection features images from the vast photograph collection, decorative arts, rare furniture, and old master paintings.
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The Chambers of Mary, Queen of Scots Other exciting areas to see are the ill-fated queen's quarters, including the royal bed chambers, royal dining room, and several royal drawing rooms. Visit and see where the legendary monarch lived from 1561 to 1567. While you walk into the dining room, look at the collected works of silverware laid out on the table. There are so many knives, spoons, and forks that one could ever use in one sitting. The king's bed chamber is worth visiting just for the artwork carved into the ceiling, so while you're looking around, also remember to look up.
Stunning Gardens Once you've wandered around the inside, make sure you visit The Palace of Holyroodhouse adjoining remarkable royal gardens. The garden features examples of Scottish plant life, manicured lawns and a stunning collection of roses laid out in the 19th-century formal style. During summer, selected individuals are invited to the palace at the request of The Queen's official royal for a summer party.
Magnificent Cafe Finally, no visit to Holyrood Palace would be complete without visiting the palace's top-notch cafe. The food is fantastic and well worth the price. Before you forget, visit Holyrood palace Scottish shop for quality souvenirs.
Nearest train station: Edinburgh Waverley (Around a 15 minute walk.)
Nearest tram stop: York Place
There are several bus routes inckluding the many open top bus tours and namely the number 35.
For SATNAV: Canongate, Edinburgh EH8 8DX
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