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"The venerable seat of Scottish monarchy - the "romance in stone" of the Stuart Dynasty. David I. founded an Augustinian Abbey, at the base of Arthur Seat, in 1153; and the monastery became the occasional residence of his descendants. James IV. built a palace for the reception of his Queen, Margaret Tudor; their son, James V., raised the north-western tower, still standing, which, in the reign of Mary, became associated with the murder of Rizzio and other historic events. The quadrangle was completed in 1671 from the plans of Sir William Bruce, after the havoc wrought by the Civil War." Extract from "The royal palaces, historic castles and stately homes of Great Britain" (Open Library)

The Palace of Holyroodhouse is open to the public on a limited basis. Tickets may be purchased at the Palace, online, or by telephone. Visit the Royal Collection website for additional details and to book tickets.


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