At the junction of a historic palace and Scotland’s modern parliament, Cheval Abbey Strand Apartments at Holyrood is the ideal place from which to explore Edinburgh’s past and its future, not forgetting the gorgeous scenery just a short walk from your front door.
Palace of Holyroodhouse
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On arrival at Cheval Abbey Strand Apartments at Holyrood, you won’t fail to miss the Palace of Holyroodhouse, whose entrance gates are only 20 metres from the Residence. Standing at the foot of the Royal Mile leading up to Edinburgh Castle, the Palace is Her Majesty The Queen’s official residence in Scotland. The Palace and its grounds are a treasure trove of magnificent State Apartments, romantic 12th century Abbey ruins and exquisite gardens, all available to visit year-round. Managed by Royal Collection Trust, the Palace operates a timed entry system for visitors, and pre-booking your tickets is advised. Click here to find out more and to plan your visit.
The Queen’s Gallery, Edinburgh
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If you’re an art lover, look no further than this gallery and exhibition space just opposite the entrance to Cheval Abbey Strand Apartments at Holyrood. Expect changing exhibitions featuring old master paintings, rare furniture, decorative arts and images from the Royal Collection. Find out about the latest exhibition here.
St Margaret’s Loch at Holyrood Park
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For some guaranteed fresh air (no weather guarantees available sadly!), the nearby Holyrood Park offers a wealth of discoveries in the great outdoors, including the artificially created St Margaret’s Loch. Now a well-known site for birdwatching, it’s a perfect spot for an afternoon picnic with friends or family or even just somewhere pleasant to sit on a hot day with your favourite book. One of the many benefits of Edinburgh is that it’s extremely manageable: bustling in parts but never far from a quiet cosy spot with some stunning scenery to boot!
Edinburgh Old Town
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Just up the road from the apartments is the city’s aptly named ‘Old Town’. Both the New and Old Towns form a UNESCO World Heritage site. Along the Royal Mile you can discover an impressive range of welcoming Scottish pubs, as well as local shops and atmospheric closes (alleys). If you’ve time, you can stop by a local tailor to get fitted for your own bespoke kilt! At the top end of the Royal Mile is of course Edinburgh Castle, boasting the most stunning views to the city, even if you don’t go inside its walls. Stop by at sunset for the perfect photo opportunity.
Cheval Abbey Strand Apartments at Holyrood’s sister residences elsewhere in Edinburgh have similar articles with recommendations and tips on what to do when you’re staying in Scotland’s capital city. Please take a look at Things To Do Near Cheval The Edinburgh Grand and Things To Do Near Cheval Old Town Chambers.
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