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This royal residence in Edinburgh is closely bonded to royal Scottish historical events - and is fascinating to tour.
history in brief
King James IV built the original palace at the turn of the 16th century next to a 12th century abbey. Charles II extensively renovated the palace in the mid 17th century.
A free audio guide provides colorful facts and pointers about Holyroodhouse Palace. Staffers stationed in various room supplement this information by cordially answering your questions.
Most popular tour stop
It is Mary Queen of Scots' chamber in the North Tower. In the 16th century, her jealous husband Lord Darnley brutally stabbed to death her Italian secretary David Rizzio.
The tour takes you through richly decorated period-piece rooms and a royal portrait gallery. You also get to explore the interesting abbey ruins and the pleasant garden where the queen has her tea parties.
Holyroodhouse Palace is closed to the public whenever the queen or inner members of her royal family are in residence.
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