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Edinburgh: Palace of Holyroodhouse Ticket

1. Edinburgh: Palace of Holyroodhouse Ticket

Wander the opulent state rooms and lavish gardens of the Palace of Holyroodhouse, His Majesty The King's official Scottish residence, located at the end of Edinburgh’s Royal Mile. Once inside the baroque palace, learn about its close associations with Scotland's history via a complimentary multimedia guide (available in 9 languages). Visit the State Apartments to see the changing tastes of successive monarchs. Marvel at fine plasterwork ceilings and Brussels tapestries, along with paintings and other artworks in rooms still used by the King and Royal Family for official ceremonies. Go to the Throne Room to see where lunch was served to the Knights and Ladies of the Order of the Thistle when a new knight was installed. Discover where the King holds his private audiences in the Morning Drawing Room. Continue to the Great Gallery, where Scottish residents named in the New Year’s Honours List or Kings Birthday Honours List receive their award at an Investiture ceremony. Admire Jacob de Wet's portraits of real and legendary kings of Scotland in the Great Gallery, the largest room in the palace. Learn about dramatic events from Scotland’s history in Mary Queen of Scots' historic chambers, where she witnessed the brutal murder of her secretary, Rizzio, by her jealous husband, Lord Darnley. At the end of your multimedia tour, enjoy a refreshing drink or light lunch (own expense) at the Café at the Palace.

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4.9 / 5

based on 16 reviews

From the minute you arrive the staff make your stay at the Hotel memorable. If your looking for a City Break or longer stay this is the place to be. The food is excellent, rooms amazing, facilities awesome. Everything you need and want from a hotel is here. look no further

You can exchange the voucher for a ticket in Queens Gallery shop. The tour is very interesting and explains how the Scots and the English are linked in the Royal Family. Small intimate Palace, friendly staff

Very informative audio tour! We enjoyed going at our own pace. It was nice that you could listen to the audio more than once to make sure you got all the information.

the price was good fantastic audio history lovely place and staff around the palace very pleasant very good experience

Great tour with the headphones. Because we booked the trip. We did not have to wait in the long line!