Holyrood Palace

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Holyrood Palace (Palace of Holyroodhouse) is an official royal palace of the British monarchy, situated in Edinburgh, Scotland. The Queen of Great Britain spends one week at the start of the summer at the royal residence, in that time she carries out official royal engagements and ceremonies at the palace. The palace as it stands today was built between 1671–1678 in a quadrangle layout, with the exception of the North West tower which was built in the 16th century. The Neoclassical royal palace has been renovated multiple times since its opening, its exterior and interior are designed to a royal standard and are kept to that standard. The palace also has large green gardens covering 10 acres of land that adds to its magnificence.

Getting there

The palace is a 10-minute walk from the major city centre transport hub. If walking is not for you then you can get the 6 or 35 buses to the palace.

Opening Times and Admission

When the queen is not residing at the palace, it is open daily 9.30am-6pm for people to tour. The tours are self-guided with the use of a complimentary audio guide and usually last around one hour. Admission is set at £14 for adults, £12.70 for students and pensioners and £8.10 for children.

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  • Holyrood Palace, Canongate, Edinburgh EH8 8DX, Scotland
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