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Address: Canongate, Royal Mile, Edinburgh, Scotland
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The Abbey is a very stunning ruin - it is attached to the Palace at Holyrood House so you have to pay for the full entry but it is very worth it. The free audio guide gives you a... read more

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The Abbey is a very stunning ruin - it is attached to the Palace at Holyrood House so you have to pay for the full entry but it is very worth it. The free audio guide gives you a taste of what happened in the Abbey and the architecture is breath taking.

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Dallas, Texas
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Definitely see this when you are at Holyrood. You can't take a bad photo. I kind of like that it hasn't been restored.

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We recently visited Edinburgh and the abbey at Holyrood House. It was amazing! I didn't realize it was going to be ruins but they were so beautiful. We took lots of pictures inside the abbey & really didn't want to leave. I highly recommend both Holyrood House, the Abbey & Gardens. All are beautiful.

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Cary, North Carolina
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Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

The remaing structure is best visited with a guide to explain the history. Again a fee to enter and depending on how many ruins you have seen, this could be eliminated.

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Colchester, United Kingdom
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Reviewed 1 week ago

The day we visited the sun was shining through the empty stone window frames producing beautiful shadows throughout, with historical features surrounding it was a very peaceful place definitely worth a visit.

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Brattleboro, Vermont
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Reviewed 1 week ago

This is included in your admission to Holyrood House. It is simply the remains of an old abbey lost to time a couple of centuries ago. You can spend just a few minutes inside and will have covered it.

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Zurich, Switzerland
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

This Abbey is located in the grounds of Holyrood Palace. Our Palace tour took us into the Abbey having left the adjacent Palace and before walking through the gardens. The Abbey is in ruins but worth seeing all the same.

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Greendale, Wisconsin
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

The ruins of the abbey are beautiful and capture the life of those who lived and worked in the abbey. A beautiful place.

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Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Great visit while in Edinburgh. About 1-2 hours needed to have a good look around and see the Holyrood Abbey. Holyrood Abbey is our favorite part and the garden around. Avoid busy touristy times, gets crowded.

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Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Old and not in the best of shape, but good to see how buildings were constructed in the past. The Scottish stonemasons must have been very dedicated to their art. Not a place to visit on a wet day. Stones may be slippery.

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Southside & Holyrood
Many of Edinburgh’s student hangouts gather around university buildings in Southside, the sort of neighbourhood that supports a long string of second-hand shops and eateries serving ethnic food for just a few pounds. In August the student population is replaced by vast numbers of boisterous visitors here for the Fringe, Edinburgh’s world-class comedy and arts festival which headquarters itself here. Flanking Southside are two great parks. The Meadows is a vast flat and sporty space where football, rugby, tennis, cricket, croquet, and golf often all take place side by side. Kids in its big playgrounds add to the joyful noise. Far bigger and much wilder, Holyrood Park extends to the east and provides a real hike up Arthur’s Seat, but the district is best known as the site of Scotland’s Parliament and its premier Royal Palace—and their steady stream of sightseers.
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