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The Scottish Parliament

Open Now: 10:00 - 16:30
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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...more
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Horse Wynd / Canongate, Royal MIle, Edinburgh EH99 1SP, Scotland
Southside & Holyrood
+44 131 348 5200
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Reviewed 6 days ago

I was just passing and decided to visit. Security quick and painless. No parliamentary sessions, so I just looked around the entrance lobby. Lots of information regarding politics and how to get involved, who each snp is and information regarding the building too. Some art...More

Date of experience: December 2018
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

We were staying about 100m away and went to look for Parliament building. We thought it was student digs such was the look of the place, if you are looking for history and a link to the past this missed it completely. It's free to...More

Date of experience: January 2019
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

This is open to all but be prepared for strict security checks.The staff are very friendly and the building is interesting. The cafe is great too.

Date of experience: January 2019
Thank Janethelongbow
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Great to see history of the building. Took 10mn free tour which was very informative. Would have recommend 1 hr tour but need pre booked.Very proud day

Date of experience: January 2019
Thank jamiesonca
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

We made a family visit tot he Scottish Parliament and watched questions tot he First Minister fromt he visitors gallery, which was very interesting and educational.

Date of experience: May 2018
Thank Landboy
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

We visited the Scottish Parliament initially out of curiosity having seen the building on the news and knowing little about it. fortunately our visit coincided with one of the guided tours and we were able to spend a very informative hour being educated into why,...More

Date of experience: December 2018
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Reviewed 12 December 2018

This building just didn't work for me. It's across the street from Holyrood Palace and it just seemed out of place. When we were there they were having a demonstration which made it more interesting. The inside was just ok. I would skip this place.

Date of experience: October 2018
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Reviewed 11 December 2018 via mobile

This is free to visit and worth the visit. The information regarding how the Scottish Parliament came about is really interesting. Thanks architecture is unreal. There are a variety of free tours that explains all aspects of the building and it's purpose. Staff here are...More

Date of experience: December 2018
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Reviewed 3 December 2018 via mobile

This is a lovely building, a little unusual but clearly ideal for its purpose. The main government building is very open, light and attractive. The staff were all very helpful and gave us lots of information. Great location at the bottom end of the Royal...More

Date of experience: December 2018
1  Thank Alan25252525
Reviewed 29 November 2018

We visited the Scottish Parliament for the wonderful architecture and a talk about how the parliament worked, but we ended up getting tickets to sit in the gallery to listen to a debate about the nation's business among Scottish Parliament Members. (We were told that...More

Date of experience: November 2018
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Southside & Holyrood
Many of Edinburgh’s student hangouts gather around
university buildings in Southside, the sort of
neighbourhood that supports a long string of
second-hand shops and eateries serving ethnic food for
just a few pounds. In August the student population is
replaced by vast numbers of boisterous visitors here
for the Fringe, Edinburgh’s world-class comedy and
arts festival which headquarters itself here. Flanking
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11 June 2018|
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Response from SPVS | Property representative |
Hello, there is some guidance available on the Scottish Parliament website in our Visit & Learn section, under 'Visiting the Parliament'. Click on the Visitor Code of Conduct and you'll see that the display of banners or... More
2 June 2018|
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Response from SPVS | Property representative |
Hello, Parliamentary sessions are designed to be family friendly - for visitors and Members and so recess usually coincides with school holidays. This means that during July and August, there are usually no formal... More
30 November 2017|
Response from DanW196 | Reviewed this property |
No it’s not.