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The Scottish Parliament

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Address: Horse Wynd, Edinburgh EH99 1SP, Scotland
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+44 131 348 5200
09:00 - 18:30
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Mon 10:00 - 17:00
Tue - Thu 09:00 - 18:30
Fri - Sat 10:00 - 17:00
Recommended length of visit: <1 hour
Fee: No

In the heart of Edinburgh's Old Town and UNESCO World Heritage Site, the...

In the heart of Edinburgh's Old Town and UNESCO World Heritage Site, the Scottish Parliament building opened in 2004 and has since welcomed over 3 million visitors. Usually open from Monday to Saturday, visitors can join a free guided tour or see parliament in action, depending on which day you visit (booking essential). Discover the parliament through our exhibition, and enjoy our cafe and shop. A free creche is also available, Monday to Friday. We look forward to welcoming you to this 'landmark for 21st century democracy'.

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Found this Interesting, Free to Enter, & No Q In January!! Modern Interior Interesting to see the debating chamber,particularly if you visit on a Thursday for first Minister... read more

4 of 5 bubblesReviewed 3 days ago
john s
Lincoln, United Kingdom
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Lincoln, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

Found this Interesting, Free to Enter, & No Q In January!! Modern Interior Interesting to see the debating chamber,particularly if you visit on a Thursday for first Minister Questions.See Nicola (whether you Love or hate her!) in full flow. May need to pre-book for Thursdays question time!

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Edinburgh, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

Well worth a visit just for the stunning modern design. Fantastic location and convenient for other nearby tourist attractions like the Royal Mile and Holyrood Palace

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Lichfield, United Kingdom
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

This ludicrously expensive folly doesn't really do the country justice. I admit I haven't been inside but I'm sure that there were suitable ancient buildings locally able to reflect the importance of the home of Scottish Government and a lot cheaper to upgrade.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

Finding ourselves near Holyrood at the end of the day, we decided to stop into the Parliament building mostly on the strength of it's unique and fascinating architecture. Firstly we were amazed at how accessible and open the building was - after a security scan we were largely free to wander the public areas, or to wait for a formal... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

We were there for the Prime Minister's QUestion Time and loved it. Tickets are free but need to be signed up for in advance. It was absolutely our favorite experience while in Edinburgh. Tour of the building is nice, too, but the key thing is to sit in on a session if you can.

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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

Rumoured to have cost half a billion pounds the top dollar cutting edge designs leave a lot to be designed in my book. The contemplation booths and grand hall really speak of a small nation getting cocky with its oil money. The Calton Hill housed the old parliament and was rejected by MSP's which is sad - go see that... More 

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

The building is located right at the bottom of the royal mile and is around the corner from holyrood house. It is a modern design building and although I did not go inside it was worthwhile to see from outside.

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

I've visited here are took the opportunity for the free tour of the building - parliament was not in session. Given the controversy over design & cost this was a very worthwhile tour explaining the building & it's use and also the way in which the parliamentary session operate.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

We enjoyed getting to watch the Scottish Parliament in action (all you need to do is ask to go to the visitor seats) and liked the small (free) exhibits inside. Worth a trip and didn't feel as touristy (we were there late in the day, during the week in November though).

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Totnes, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago

I can't quite get over how accessible this place was. Really easy to walk to from town and a very interesting modern building (complete with homeless person sleeping outside).

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