Palace of Holyroodhouse
Canongate, Edinburgh EH8 8DX Route Planner
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Palace and abbey open Apr-Oct: 9.30am-6pm; Nov-Mar: 9.30am-4.30pm (last admission 1hr before closing) - gardens open in summer - closed 25-26 Dec and during royal visits


A theatre for dramatic events, Holyroodhouse (15 -17C.) was originally a guest house responsible to the Abbey. The Stuart kings converted it into a royal residence and Charles II commissioned William Bruce to design a new layout. The Castle became a royal residence again under Queen Victoria. The buildings of the interior court are a fine example of the renaissance period. Notice the decoration of the State apartments, especially the high relief of the ceilings in the sumptuous day room.


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