Fancy a private tour of Her Majesty The Queen’s official residence in Scotland? Yes please! On this special morning, we will take a privately guided tour of the Palace of Holyroodhouse during the morning hours when it is closed to the public. Go behind the ropes in several rooms as our expert guide unveils the Holyrood’s dramatic past and the Palace’s important role today. Enjoy special access to the areas not normally open to the public such as the State Apartments and the West Drawing Room, used by members of the Royal Family as a private sitting room. Our palace tour will finish in the café with light refreshments.
We’ll also see the Edinburghian ‘Acropolis’ and unfinished National Monument on Calton Hill, the charming, private Regent Gardens, tucked behind grand Regent’s Terrace and usually accessible only to residents, and the New Scottish Parliament.
Lunchtime and the afternoon are free to do what you will, though of course we have some suggestions:
❖ Enjoy the last day of the Fringe Festival.
❖ Stroll in the 70-acre Royal Botanic Garden, founded in 1670
❖ Get tickets for the current exhibition at the National Gallery of Scotland
❖ Find famous Scots in the Scottish National Portrait Gallery – including the photographic collection
❖ Tour Mary King’s Close (‘Close’ is the Edinburgh word for alley), the lost world of the labyrinthine 18th-century city, hidden from view until the early 2000s
❖ Visit the extraordinary Rosslyn Chapel (made famous by the Da Vinci Code), just 30 minutes’ drive south, where every inch of stone is decorated.
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