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Short talk

Origins of the Abbey

interior of Holyrood Abbey
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Map & directions

Palace of Holyroodhouse, Canongate, The Royal Mile, Edinburgh, EH8 8DX
By car

There is a public car park adjacent to the Palace at Broad Pavement. Please visit the Historic Environment Scotland website for more details.

Accessible parking spaces are located on Horse Wynd, just outside the Palace, on a first-come first-serve basis.

By train

Edinburgh Waverley. The Palace is a 15 minute walk from the station.  Visit National Rail Enquiries for times and fares.

By tram

The nearest tram stop is York Place. The Palace is a 20 minute walk from the station. Visit Edinburgh Trams for times and fares.

By coach / bus

Bus number 35 stops near the Palace.  Open-top tour buses stop nearby.

Limited free coach parking is available adjacent to the Palace. Alternative pay-and-display coach parking is available on nearby Regent Road.

By bike

A free-to-use public bicycle rack is located opposite the Scottish Parliament. Cycle hire stations are available nearby on both Holyrood Road and Abbeyhill, within a 5 minute walk of the Palace and The Queen’s Gallery. Visit Edinburgh Cycle Hire for details.

  • Palace of Holyroodhouse
  • Every Thursday (Thursday, 9 Sep 2021 - Thursday, 23 Sep 2021)
    Incl dates: Saturday, 11 Sep 2021
  • 11:00, 12:00 and 14:00
  • Included in Palace ticket or 1-Year Pass

Holyrood Abbey was once one of the grandest medieval abbeys in Scotland with a story stretching back almost 900 years. Join us for a short talk exploring the history and myth behind the abbey’s foundation and early life. Discover some of the important events this historic building has witnessed and how it became the ruin we see today.

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