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In Roskilde, you can explore exciting museums, an official World Heritage Site, historic churches, one of Northern Europe’s biggest music festivals and beautiful fjord areas.

Roskilde is one of Denmark’s oldest cities, something which is reflected in its varied range of attractions. The city’s location by the stunning fjord makes it especially well-suited for afternoons in the great outdoors, but you can also explore the city’s famous cathedral, exciting museums and Viking archaeological finds from the area during your visit.

Roskilde is thought to have been founded around the year 980 by Harald Bluetooth. The city became a major power in Denmark in 1022, when Cnut the Great (known in English as Canute) made it a bishopric.  We suggest you start your holiday in Roskilde with a visit to the Vikingeskibsmuseet (Viking Ship Museum), where you can learn more about the city’s founders and the time in which they lived. The museum’s greatest attractions are the five original Skuldelev ships, which are believed to date all the way back to the 1030s, but you can also goon board two reconstructed Viking ships, try on authentic Viking clothing and practise your runic writing.

Another place where you can experience a true feeling for history is Roskilde Domkirke (Roskilde Cathedral), where an impressive 39 Danish monarchs are buried. The church was built around the year 1175 and made it onto UNESCO’s World Heritage Sites list in 1995 due to its many royal graves and eclectic architecture.

Only a stone’s throw away from the cathedral, you will find the city’s main shopping streets, Algade and Skomagergade, where you can shop for fashion, books, vintage clothing, speciality items and homewares. Most restaurants, cafés and bars are also located in this area. As a creative university town, Roskilde boasts a dynamic cultural life, which is reflected in the numerous art galleries and museums including the Galleri LABR, the Roskildegalleriet (Roskilde Gallery), the Museet for Samtidskunst (Museum of Contemporary Art) and the Glasgalleriet (Glass Gallery). The world-famous Roskilde Festival is also highly recommended for music and party lovers.

End your stay in Roskilde with a trip out to the beautiful fjord landscape surrounding the Roskilde Fjord. The fjord is home to about 30 small islands and offers hiking paths, kayak rides and sailing trips in authentic Viking ships.

It only takes about half an hour to get to Roskilde by car or train from Copenhagen, home to Copenhagen Airport which serves flights to and from cities such as London, Bristol and Newcastle. If you’re travelling to Roskilde from other parts of Denmark, there are regular trains from cities such as Aalborg and Aarhus, where you’ll also find international airports.

Historic royal graves, stunning nature and exciting Viking artefacts are waiting for you in Roskilde!


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Comwell Roskilde £96
Reviewed on 2 Aug 2019
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Comwell Roskilde

Comwell Roskilde

Vestre Kirkevej 12, Roskilde
     
    4.0 of 5
    4.0 out of 5.0 Stars

    Overall, place is nice, big room with an awesome view. Food at the bar was absolutely terrible, it's a shame, because service was actually quite good.

    Zleep Hotel Roskilde £91
    Reviewed on 12 Aug 2019
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    Zleep Hotel Roskilde

    Zleep Hotel Roskilde

    Algade 13, Roskilde
       
      3.8 of 5
      3.0 out of 5.0 Stars

      Excellent position for town, museums and transport. Clean and confortable. Breakfast OK but expensive for what it was. No kettle in room.

      Comwell Køge Strand £128
      Reviewed on 17 Aug 2019
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      Comwell Køge Strand

      Comwell Køge Strand

      Strandvejen 111, Koge
         
        4.0 of 5
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        Clean, nice decor and lovely breakfast. I would stay here again.

        Hotel Osted £81
        Reviewed on 7 Jun 2019
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        Hotel Osted

        Hotel Osted

        HOVEDVEJEN 151B, Lejre, Osted
           
          4.0 of 5
          3.0 out of 5.0 Stars

          Rolige omgivelser Lækre værelser ofte med lille terasse med bord bænk-fine parkeringsforhold-godt rent og pæntgæstekøkken med evt. tilberedning af morgenmad el. middag-Kort afstand til Roskilde. Dg internet virkede ikke

          Scandic Roskilde Park £132
          Reviewed on 17 May 2019
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          Scandic Roskilde Park

          Scandic Roskilde Park

          Ved Ringen 2, Roskilde
             
            3.6 of 5
            3.5 out of 5.0 Stars

            Newly refurbished hotel. My initial room smelled of paint as still very new, but they were happy and kindly moved me. Staff were all excellent, the main issue was that although very expensive you get literally no amenities beyond an extra pillow and two small plastic cups to drink from. Some toiletries ...

            Gershøj Kro & Strandhotel £91
            Reviewed on 13 Jul 2019
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            Gershøj Kro & Strandhotel

            Gershøj Kro & Strandhotel

            Gershøj Havnevej 14,, Kirke Hyllinge, Sealand
               
              4.5 of 5
              3.0 out of 5.0 Stars

              A picturesque place to rest. The hotel restaurant served amazing breakfasts and meals. The staff are so pleasant and helpful. Loved it!

              Sonnerupgaard Gods £67
              Reviewed on 7 Oct 2018
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              Sonnerupgaard Gods

              Sonnerupgaard Gods

              Tølløsevej 53, Hvalso
                 
                3.4 of 5
                3.0 out of 5.0 Stars

                Basically had zero interaction with staff. Room was in cool old hotel in beautiful countryside. Room was fine except for the typically Scandinavian TINY bathroom.

                Badehotel Søfryd £108
                Reviewed on 2 Jul 2019
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                Badehotel Søfryd

                Badehotel Søfryd

                Sofrydvej 8-10, Jyllinge
                   
                  4.0 of 5
                  3.0 out of 5.0 Stars

                  Beautiful property. Only thing missing is 24hr tea and coffee.

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