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Palace of Holyroodhouse
Type: Historic Sites
The Palace of Holyroodhouse was built in 1128 and served as the main residence for the Kings and Queens of Scotland from the 15th century onwards. It is in fact still the Queen's official residence... Read More
The Palace of Holyroodhouse was built in 1128 and served as the main residence for the Kings and Queens of Scotland from the 15th century onwards. It is in fact still the Queen's official residence when she visits Edinburgh. When she is not residing here, you can tour the home. This palace contains much of the history of Mary Queen of Scots. There is a plaque put up in recognition of her secretary, David Rizzio, who was stabbed by her jealous husband. There is a collection of portraits of Scottish monarchs, although artist Jacob De Witt may have taken a few liberties! You'll also find a wide collection of relics from the 16th and 17th centuries, each possessing a piece of Scotland's history.
- 1 November to 31 March: Daily 9:30am-4:30pm
- 1 April to 31 October: Daily 9:30am-6pm
- Event Dates and Times Vary
- Adult £9.80; Senior £8.80; Student £8.80; Child (6-16) £5.80; Child (0-5) Free
- Best for Romantic Things to Do Because: Champagne afternoon tea in the mews courtyard of the Palace of Holyrioodhouse is a wonderfully romantic indulgence
- Best for Sightseeing Because: The stately splendor of the Palace of Holyroodhouse is not to be missed on any sightseeing tour of Edinburgh.
- Best for Historic Sites Because: Residence of the Scottish Monarchy from the fifteenth century, the Palace of Holyroodhouse is a site of great historical significance.