Holyroodhouse Palace

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Why the
Holyroodhouse Palace
is special

This royal residence in Edinburgh is closely bonded to royal Scottish historical events - and is fascinating to tour.

Holyroodhouse Palace
tips and insights

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.

Audio tour

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.

Other attractions

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.

Royal closings

Holyroodhouse Palace is closed to the public whenever the queen or inner members of her royal family are in residence.

Location in Scotland

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Castle photo by Oliver-Bonjoch - CC BY 3.0



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