The royal families Scottish residence. Half house and half museum Holyrood offers something for everyone. From places where murders took place to priceless antiques. Iactually liked the ruined abbey adjacent to the main building.
Holyrood Palace is the Scottish home of Great Britain's Royal Family. It sits at the bottom of the Royal Mile, at the opposite end of the old city from Edinburgh Castle. The site dates back to 1128 when King David I founded a monestary here, Holyrood Abbey. The Palace is often closed for a few weeks in May June and July when the royal family is in residence.
Trails beginning immediately behind the Palace, leading up to Arthur's Seat and the Salisbury Crags offer magnificent views down onto the Castle.
the Palace of Holyroodhouse in Edinburgh is The Queen's official residence in Scotland. Situated at the end of the Royal Mile, the Palace of Holyroodhouse is closely associated with Scotland's turbulent past, including Mary, Queen of Scots, who lived here between 1561 and 1567. Successive kings and queens have made the Palace of Holyroodhouse the premier royal residence in Scotland. Today, the Palace is the setting for State ceremonies and official entertaining.
IF you bought the British Heritage Pass, you can enter for "FREE". Otherwise, entrance fees is 11 pounds to enter the palace and queen's gallery.
The Palace of Holyroodhouse is open every day except:
24-25 November (re-opens 26 November at 12:30)
24 December (closes at 13:00, last admission 12:00)
25 and 26 December
31 December (closes at 15:00, last admission 14:00)
1-2 January (open from 11:00 and closes at 16:00, last admission 15:00)
Founded as a monastery in 1128, the Palace of Holyroodhouse in Edinburgh is The Queen's official residence in Scotland.
Situated at the end of the Royal Mile, the Palace of Holyroodhouse is closely associated with Scotland's turbulent past, including Mary, Queen of Scots, who lived here between 1561 and 1567.
Too much crowds visiting the Palace the day we went there, so we decided not to walk in and just stayed there enjoying the gardens.
This palace was home to Mary Queen of Scots in the 16th century. A visit here will inspire you to learn more about the relationship b/t Mary and Elizabeth, the intertwined history of England, France, and Scotland, and the battle b/t Protestants and Catholics during this time period. Although Elizabeth I had Mary imprisoned and later decapitated, they now lie side by side in Westminster Abbey (London).
When in Scotland, the current Queen of England resides here.
Avoiding the building site that is the National Joke (Parliament) and the huge white tent (Dynamic Earth), you can get from the Royal Mile to Holyrood Palace and Abbey.
The abbey is a lovely, romantic ruin adjoining the Palace (entrance fee covers both buildings) -- note that when the Queen is in residence, you won't be able to get in. There is a good audio tour explaining the buildings' history and a good cafe. Walk around and soak up the atmosphere.
From here you can see the hill, Arthur's Seat, preserved by royal patronage, which is well worth every effort to get up. Honestly.
Take windproof clothing, water and a picnic (get before you head off down the Royal Mile), and enjoy Edinburgh!
This is a shining example of my luck when travelling. I made this £$%& Mile down from Castlehill to visit, or at least to see Holyrood, the residence of the kings her in Scotland but a long (in terms of time spent) parade prevented me to do it. All I saw is shown in this pic.
Some history, then...
The Palace of Holyroodhouse, today the official Scottish recidence of Britian's Royal Family, was built as a guest house for royal visitors. The Palace and the Abbey have survived numerous fires, repairs and restorations.
Holyroodhouse - strange name, isn't it?
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The Palace of Holyroodhouse is used by the Monarchy when they visit Scotland.
The picture that is shown is of a shield emblem that is set to the right hand wall of the main entrance gate.
Holyrood Palace is one of Edinburgh's main tourist attractions and the official residence of Queen Elizabeth II when she is in Scotland and is one of the oldest royal residences still in use by the monarch today. When the Queen isn’t in residence, parts of the palace are open to visitors.
The Palace once belonged to Mary Queen of Scots and is where her favourite secretary was brutally murdered and her husband was killed nearby.
This is the home (one of many) of the Queen of England. It is a lovely castles which she visits a few times a year. I tried to arrange tea with her as my friend Graham had worked for the Royal Government, but she was out of town at the time I was there.
When I first saw this city on vt, I did not know it was the Capitol of Scotland. Boy, did I miss out on one of the MOST enchangting cities in the world for me.
Is it Hollywood or Holyrood? (my personal joke)
From its humble beginnings as a small chapel on the Castle Rock, Holyrood House has played host to a tumultuous history of royalty and grandeur, horrific murders, and religious significance.
Lurking at the bottom of the Royal Mile, it serves as a reminder of Scotland's volatile history.
Holyroodhouse has been occupied by royalty since 1501, when James IV wanted a more comfortable place to live as Edinburgh Castle was far too cold and windy for him. Scotland's monarchy lived here on a permanent basis until the departure of James VI to become England's king in the early 1600s. It was abandoned by the Scottish monarchy after the 1707 unification with England, although the anti-English Jacobite Rebellion of 1745 did briefly put a Scottish monarch back in Holyrood, but that lasted for only a brief period of time.
Today, Holyrood is the official Scottish residence of the British Royal Family when in the region. When they're not living here (and this is basically almost all the time), Holyrood is a museum, displaying relics from both the Scottish, English, and finally British royal periods. Inside you'll find grand colorful rooms, priceless pieces of art, and countless of other items dating from it's 500 year history.
You can spend at least a half a day at Holyrood Palace, where Mary Queen of Scots once lived. The tour shows you about 20 rooms in the palace, enough to give you a very good feel for the place and its beauty.
When you're done with the palace you can explore the ruins of the adjacent Holyrood Abbey, which are very beautiful.
The palace also has a fabulous art gallery where I saw an impressive Leonardo da Vinci exhibit.
Finally, behind the palace complex is a park which you'll want to spend time in. It contains King Arthur's Seat, an extinct volcano. If you climb to the top of the seat (strenuous, but worht it) you have amazing views of the city.
Leave plenty of time to explore all of Holyrood.
The foundation began in 1128 by King David I, and today it's the official Scottish home of the Royal family. James IV started the transformation in 1501 when he prepared it for his new bride, Margaret Tudor and the palace reached its present form in the 1670s when it was almost entirely rebuilt by the order of Charles II. If you are visiting Edinburgh, this is priority number 1 or 2 depending on your preference for castles. Very cool looking exterior and very elegant interior and so much history. The tour takes one to three hours depending on how hard and long you look at antiquities and artwork.
A quite oasis in Edinburgh is Holyrood Park. Hey Your In The Country. But please wear sensible shoes or better boots. The park patrol don't need to help another idiot with a sprained ankle.
Vistas/city is gone.