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The Scottish Parliament: Tours & Tickets

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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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Hours Today: 10:00 am - 4:30 pm
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Horse Wynd / Canongate, Royal MIle, Edinburgh EH99 1SP, Scotland
Southside & Holyrood
+44 131 348 5200
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Reviewed 3 days ago

We found ourselves with some spare time and wandered in to the parliament building for a look around. The exhibition is informative and we then discuvered that we could get on a tour of the building. Our group was an international mix and our guide...More

Date of experience: October 2019
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Reviewed 1 week ago

Walking the Royal Mile from end to end (castle to castle), we were totally surprised to see this modern Scottish Parliament building, which opened in 2004. After taking a close look at its exterior, we went inside to see the interior. After passing through security,...More

Date of experience: August 2019
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Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

We visited as part of a weekend break. It is easy to find and you can double up with Holyrood as they are next to each other. We sat in on a debate in the house, which was a really interesting to witness, you just...More

Date of experience: September 2019
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Reviewed 1 week ago

I've visited here several times with my most recent one being with my Dad for his birthday. The design of the building is somewhat controversial. People seem to either love it or hate it. I quite like the building and I always enjoy visiting regardless...More

Date of experience: September 2019
Thank Adrian D
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Booked a visit on line and we were not disappointed. Shown round by a knowledgeable guide. Parliament was not sitting the day we went though people were working in the building. We were able to take photos in some parts of the building including the...More

Date of experience: September 2019
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

The outside of the building is unusual and not to everybody's taste but the interior is bright and well conceived and certainly worth a visit. Entrance is free but you have to get trough a security check.

Date of experience: September 2019
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Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Went to visit this after a trip to Holyrood Palace. Staff on hand to answer questions, security guards friendly and such an interesting place to visit, we were able to take lots of photos as it was a day when Parliament wasn't sitting and it's...More

Date of experience: September 2019
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Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

We walked down the Royal Mile to see Holyrood Palace, but when we found long lines there, we crossed the street to the Parliament building instead. Noticing that it was open to the public, we went through security and found that there were several very...More

Date of experience: September 2019
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Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Hideous building (personal taste) but a great way to spend an afternoon if you manage to sit in on one of the debates, which we did. Fascinating to see how differently it is done to Westminster. Staff very friendly and helpful and a good exhibition...More

Date of experience: September 2019
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Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Was not able to take a tour as they were sitting at 11 o'clock but was able to go in before hand to look around the Parliament sitting room. Informative displays which gives you a great insight into the role of Scottish Politics and about...More

Date of experience: September 2019
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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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12 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
3 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
1 December 2017|
Response from DanW196 | Reviewed this property |
No it’s not.