On your trip to the palace you’ll be able to see the State Apartments, which include the magnificent bedchamber created for Charles II (but which he never got to use), the Royal Dining Room, which is still in use when the Queen is in residence, and the Throne Rome and Privy Chamber, which are used for ceremonial purposes and meetings between the Queen and the First Minister of Scotland. You’ll also see the bedchamber where Mary, Queen of Scots lived between 1561 and 1567, and where she witnessed the murder of her private secretary, David Rizzio, in 1566. Next to the palace, you can explore the ruins of Holyrood Abbey, the original building on the site, built in 1128 on the orders of King David I of Scotland. Finally, you can unwind in the beautiful gardens of the palace. In addition to the multimedia guide, you can get free tours of the gardens, the Abbey, and the palace with a warder. Just ask what the tour timetable is for the date of your trip when you arrive at the palace.