The Palace of Holyroodhouse, commonly referred to as Holyrood Palace, is the official residence of the British monarch in Scotland. The Queen is in residence during Holyrood week, which usually takes place from the end of June to the beginning of July. The palace is open to the public for self-guided tours. This neoclassical treasure, built in 1854, draws many a visitor from all over the world.
I enjoyed touring the palace - it dons beautiful chambers, chapel remains, and expansive gardens. History aficionados will appreciate the Historic Apartments that were the home of Mary, Queen of Scots. Mary married Henry Stuart, Lord Darnley, at Holyroodhouse in 1565 and the following year witnessed the brutal murder of her Italian secretary, David Rizzio, by her husband.
As you scroll down, you will see photos of the remains of a chapel. This was my favorite place at Holyrood Palace. There is something nostalgic about a fallen-apart church. As I walked through, I imagined it in its glory days. The visit ends in beautifully maintained gardens where meticulously mowed lawns are adorned with colorful flower arrangements.
As you can imagine, a visit to Holyrood House is one of interesting historic facts and leisurely strolls. If you make it to Edinburgh, definitely put this palace on your list of places to visit.