"Royal Palace at Holyroodhouse" Holyroodhouse - Palace Tip by Tom_Fields

Holyroodhouse - Palace, Edinburgh: 59 reviews and 117 photos

  The Royal Palace of Holyroodhouse
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      The Royal Palace of Holyroodhouse
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Legend has it that Scotland's King David I had a vision of a cross, or "rood" in old Gaelic, that appeared between the antlers of a stag. So the symbol of the Palace is a stag's head, with its antlers forming a cross. The story is that he founded this palace in 1128, as a monastery.

Since then, Scottish and later British kings and queens lived here for generations, preferring this location to the wind-swept Edinburgh Castle. Most of it dates from the 16th century, but many additions and restorations have been carried out since. However, the abbey (like those in England) was neglected after the Reformation; it is now only a ruin.

This, like Edinburgh Castle, is definitely one of the city's must-see attractions.

Address: Canongate, Edinburgh EH8 8DX
Directions: At the eastern end of the Royal Mile, downhill from Edinburgh Castle.
othercontact: Fax 44 (0)20 7930 9625
Phone: 44 (0)131 556 5100
Website: http://www.royal.gov.uk/output/page559.asp

Review Helpfulness: 3.5 out of 5 stars

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  • Written Mar 20, 2006
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