Holyrood Attractions in Edinburgh

Things to do near Holyrood Palace and park in Edinburgh.

Situated at the opposite end of the Royal Mile from Edinburgh Castle, Holyroodhouse Palace is today the official residence of The Queen when visiting Scotland. Guests are welcome all year round to visit the gallery and take guided tours of the magnificent d├ęcor of Holyroodhouse Palace. The tapestries and ornate furniture still used to this day are highlights of the tour and offer the Edinburgh tourist a chance to wander around a modern day palace.

Holyrood Park, also called the Queen's Park, is a Royal Park in Edinburgh free and open to the public. It is a huge area of parkland, rough terrain, lochs, hills and crags including Arthur's Seat, the Salisbury Crags, and St. Anthony's Chapel. The three lochs are St Margaret's Loch, Dunsapie Loch, and Duddingston Loch.

The Scottish Parliament building is easy to spot as it is unlike anything else in Edinburgh. Georgian architecture adorns most of the New Town skyline. But the Catalan architect Enric Miralles designed the parliament building in a thoroughly modernist fashion with perhaps an African motif (according to this writer's perception). Some have decried it as a monstrosity while some say it's a much needed dose of modernity for the city. Either way, it is nearly impossible to describe. It deserves to be seen in person!

Like Castle Rock, Arthur's Seat and the Salisbury Crags were formed by an extinct volcano and carved out by moving glaciers. These hills, lochs (lakes) and cliffs make up Holyrood Park and offer somewhat easy walking trails. Arthur's Seat is the highest point in Edinburgh (251 meters high) and is located at the center of the park while the Crags are located west of it. It is not known if the name is truly related to the mythology of King Arthur.

Holyroodhouse Palace

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Holyrood Road
Canongate, at the eastern end of the Royal Mile

Royal intrigue and beauty... read more

Holyrood Park

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Holyrood Park Road

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Arthur's Seat and the Salisbury Crags

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Queens Drive
Holyrood Park

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Scottish Parliament Building

The Scottish Parliament
Holyrood Rd

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Calton Hill

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Regent Road

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Nelson Monument

32 Calton Hill
Off Regent Road

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Beltane Fire Festival

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Calton Hill

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Samhuinn Festival

4B Gayfield Place
(Royal Mile) St. Giles Cathedral

Scotish Halloween Tradition... read more

Arthur's Seat

Edinburgh, City of Edinburgh EH8 9, UK

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