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- Holyroodhouse Palace
- Alt Name:
- United Kingdom
- High Medieval (1000AD–1300AD)
- 1100AD - 1199AD
- Edinburgh Castle, Linlithgow Palace,
about Holyroodhouse Palace
Holyroodhouse Palace has a history stretching back to the twelfth century. Now the official Scottish residence of the Queen, the story of Holyroodhouse Palace is intertwined with that of the monarchy, particularly that of Mary Queen of Scots.
Holyroodhouse Palace is said to have been founded as an Augustinian monastery by David I in 1128, this abbey then being closed in the sixteenth century. At this time, James IV built a palace at Holyroodhouse. Successive monarchs would go on to add to and renovate this palace, especially Charles II in the seventeenth century.
However, perhaps the most famous chapter in the tale of Holyroodhouse Palace is the time spent there by Mary Queen of Scots. Not only was the palace Mary’s main home between 1561 and 1567, it was where she married two of her husbands. It was also at Holyroodhouse Palace that she was witness to the murder of her private secretary by her husband.
In 1745, the Bonnie Prince Charles used Holyroodhouse Palace as his seat, at the time of the uprising.
Today, visitors can see the ruins of the abbey of Holyroodhouse as well as touring the palace and the royal apartments. A visit to the site usually lasts around an hour to an hour and a half.
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Address: Palace of Holyroodhouse, Canongate, The Royal Mile EH8 8DX
Phone: +44 (0)131 556 5100
Located a 15 min walk from Edinburgh Waverley rail station. Buses 35 and 36 stop nearby.
Nov-March: 9:30am-4:30pm daily, April-Oct: 9:30am-6pm daily. Last entry 1hr before closing. Closed 25-26 Dec and during royal visits. Entry costs £10.25 for adults, £6.20 for under 17s, £9.30 for over60s/students. inc. audio guide.
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