Palace of Holyroodhouse
This palace is the royal family's official residence in Scotland, but is more famous as the 16th-century home of the ill-fated Mary,...
This stunning modern gallery, which occupies the shell of a former church and school, is a showcase for exhibitions of art from the...
Scottish Parliament Building
The Scottish parliament building, on the site of a former brewery, was officially opened by HM the Queen in October 2005. Designed by...
A successful attempt at reinventing the local neighbourhood pub, complete with polished mahogany, stained glass and snug booths, the...
Café at the Palace
This cafe in the courtyard of the Queen’s Gallery serves soup and snacks, including baked potato with haggis.
Holyrood Abbey information
King David I founded the abbey here in the shadow of Salisbury Crags in 1128. It was probably named after a fragment of the True Cross (rood is an old Scots word for cross), said to have been brought to Scotland by his mother, St Margaret. Most of the surviving ruins date from the 12th and 13th centuries, although a doorway in the far southeastern corner has survived from the original Norman church.
Admission to the abbey is included in the cost of the Palace of Holyroodhouse ticket.