4 reviews of Holyroodhouse Tearooms in English
This is agreat day out for all the family, it really is so interesting, the audio tour makes it really a worthwhile visit.
It can be quiet busy though so try and go during the week if possible.
It is quite expensive but you can look out for Historic Scotland’s free weekend in April when admission to all thier properties is free of charge.
Also when the Queen visits Edinburgh and stays here, Edinburgh’s own military regiment does an outstanding drill parade .
The ancient Augustan Abbey of Holyrood Palace offers a bursting firework of impressions from stunning beauty to deep sorrow. Standing in the middle of the Abbey, glancing at the ruined arches fruitlessly fighting against the ravages of time is like being in an exhibition. You will discover and appreciate another interesting detail with each visit. It could be the twining ivy spanning the walls, the channels the rain runs through as it travels down the old walls, how the light plays with the ruin or just the different approaches you can take.
When I went there it rained cats and dogs. Even though this happened or especially because it did, the Abbey is one of the most inspirational, melancholy and gorgeous places in Edinburgh for me. You can sense the history and take pleasure in the exuding calmness.
I was never really interested in going to see the Queen's official residence in Edinburgh until a friend was visiting and wanted to go. I have to say I'm very glad I did. The place is absolutely fascinating especially if you take advantage of the audio tour.
The highlights are definitely the gorgeous gardens and Mary Queen of Scots private chambers. The only low point is the over priced, over tartan gift shop for tourists.
Can't say I've ever visited Holyroodhouse Palace and Abbey - leave that one to the tourists and the Queen when she's in town. But can say the tearooms are worth a look-in. Good selection of hot dishes, including very fine soups, also cakes and sandwiches, a variety of drinks - hot and cold. Bit pricey because of the tourist crowd but loads of seating indoors and outdoors - try and nab a table out on the patio by the garden if you can, and cast your eye over your coffee towards Arthur's Seat. Great place to stop for lunch and a chill out if you've got to the bottom of the Royal Mile and can't quite be bothered walking back up. Scottish Parliament also right next door with its small ponds and "interesting" architecture - love it or hate it, it's worth a look.
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