Palace of Holyroodhouse
Canongate, Royal Mile
Edinburgh

One of the most significant buildings in Scotland’s turbulent history is the Palace of Holyroodhouse in Edinburgh, more commonly known as Holyrood Palace. The palace has a baroque style and was founded as a monastery in 1128, however today it is the Queen’s official residence when she is visiting Scotland.

Holyrood Palace is also renowned as having been the home of Mary Queen of Scots during her troubled lifetime and this is explained during the guided tours of the buildings, which also mentions the history of the palace and include a visit to the New Gallery which displays works from the Royal Collection.

The palace is linked to Edinburgh Castle by the oldest street in Edinburgh, the Royal Mile. This street is also a popular tourist attraction because there are various landmarks along the mile stretch, as well as shops, restaurants and pubs.

You will also see the Holyrood Park which surrounds the palace and the famous Arthur’s Seat.

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