Holyrood Palace, Edinburgh

Last Updated: 21st Feb 2014

<p>The Palace of Holyroodhouse has been a residence of the Kings and Queens of <a href="/contikipedia/articles/scotland">Scotland</a> since the 15th century.</p> <p>The Palace stands in at the bottom of the <a href="/contikipedia/articles/the-royal-mile-edinburgh">Royal Mile</a> and the ancient Abbey of the Palace has been the site of many royal coronations. The Palace is arguably one of the most important not only in Scotland, but <a href="/contikipedia/articles/europe">Europe</a> and has been home to many famous in influential monarchs.</p> <p>The north-west tower was once occupied by Mary, Queen of Scots and the wooden ceilings of the main rooms are from Mary&#8217;s time, as are shields commemorating Mary&#8217;s marriage to Francis II of <a href="/contikipedia/articles/france">France</a>. Hundreds of years later the palace also became home of the French Royal Family exiled during the French Revolution.</p> <p>The present Queen still uses it when she visits Scotland for State occasions while the Place is also frequented by Prince Charles and the Princess Anne. The Queen&#8217;s Gallery is located within the Palace complex, while the new <a href="/contikipedia/articles/parlament-house-edinburgh">Scottish Parliament Building</a> is located across the road from the palace.</p> <p>During times when the Queen or another member of the Royal Family is not in residence, it is open to the public and is a must see for any history buff who travels to <a href="/contikipedia/articles/edinburgh">Edinburgh</a> .</p>