- Type: Castles/Palaces
- Time to Spend: 1 to 2 hours
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The Royal Family stays at Holyroodhouse Palace while visiting Edinburgh. If they're not visiting, the palace is open for tour, and you'll need at least two hours to view the King James Tower, the crumbling 12th century abbey, the Royal Dining Room and the Throne Room, among others. For an extra fee, you might also want to take in the Queen's Gallery, which hangs exhibits from the Her Majesty's Royal Collection. And if you want a bit of fresh air, head out to Holyrood Park and climb to Arthur's Seat, another U.S. News' top attraction.
Although travelers' feedback is mostly good, several recent travelers express irritation at the palace's impersonal audio guide. One TripAdvisor traveler writes: "I much prefer the personal touch of a real guide giving you information you want to hear, instead of having to listen to someone with an irritating voice talking non-stop. I ended up putting the audio guide in my pocket, and just looking at the place, then buying a guide book on the way out."
For information on admission and hours, visit the palace's website.