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Edinburgh: Palace of Holyroodhouse and Old Town Walking Tour

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Tread the route of royals and discover rebellious Jacobites, colourful characters and the glorious Palace of Holyroodhouse. Explore the picturesque Canongate before entering Her Majesty the Queen's official residence in Scotland.
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Duration: 135 minutes
Starting time 1:00 PM
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Experience

Highlights
  • Journey through the ancient, picturesque burgh of the Canongate
  • Meander through beautiful, hidden closes and gardens
  • Explore Holyrood Palace, Her Majesty The Queen's official residence in Scotland
  • Hear tales of past royal residents including Mary, Queen of Scots
Full description
Tread the route of royals, past and present – and let your expert guide unlock the history of this ancient seat of power. Discover the hidden history of the Canongate, and the glorious Palace of Holyroodhouse.

Discover an approach to the palace that escapes the notice of history books and bus tours. As you walk down the quiet closes of the Canongate your expert guide will show you a different side of the royal city – in rich, engaging detail.

Here, rebellious Jacobites clattered over the cobbles, led by a proud Bonnie Prince Charlie. And Deacon Brodie led his dual life as locksmith and thief, immortalised by Robert Louis Stevenson. In the hands of your gifted storyteller, you’ll find that romance and intrigue are everywhere – in the architecture, literature, crime and politics, on the very doorstep of the Queen’s Palace.

After the Canongate, your guide will introduce the glorious Palace of Holyroodhouse – which you’ll explore in your own time. You’ll find 14 magnificent state apartments, as well as the romantic ruins of the 12th century Holyrood Abbey.

The palace was the setting for many dramatic episodes in the short reign of Mary, Queen of Scots – and Her Majesty The Queen still makes use of the State Apartments for royal ceremonies.
Includes
  • Live guide
  • Entrance to Holyrood Palace

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Meeting point

The Mercat Cross, High Street, By St Giles High Kirk, opposite the City Chambers

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Important information
What to bring
  • Comfortable shoes
Not allowed
  • Video recording
Know before you go
• Please dress for the weather and wear appropriate footwear
• For health and safety reasons, unfortunately children under 5 years of age are not permitted on this tour
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Overall rating
4.9 / 5
based on 18 reviews
Review summary
Service
4.7/5
Organization
4.9/5
Value for money
4.9/5
Safety
4.9/5

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Mercat Tours

Product ID: 66541