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88 Holyrood Rd, Edinburgh, Scotland EH8 8DX, United Kingdom

Every summer, en route to Balmoral from Buckingham Palace, Queen Elizabeth II stops at this spectacular, if lesser-known, 16th-century royal residence to host an annual Garden Party. The rest of the year, visitors get unprecedented access to the banquet hall, throne room, and Mary Queen of Scots' bedroom. The superb audio guide tells tales of lavish dinner parties and describes a palace murder.

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Palace of Holyroodhouse

Every summer, en route to Balmoral from Buckingham Palace, Queen Elizabeth II stops at this spectacular, if lesser-known, 16th-century royal residence to host an annual Garden Party. The rest of the year, visitors get unprecedented access to the banquet hall, throne room, and Mary Queen of Scots' bedroom. The superb audio guide tells tales of lavish dinner parties and describes a palace murder.