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The Scottish Parliament

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Address: Horse Wynd, Edinburgh EH99 1SP, Scotland
Phone Number:
+44 131 348 5200
10:00 - 17:00
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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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so interesting we would've liked to see even more of the building

first of all, it's free to visit and the general public are positively encouraged to visit as part of a belief in open democracy (however it can seem discouraging now due to the... read more

4 of 5 bubblesReviewed 1 week ago
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Spokane, Washington
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

the Parliament Building is worth an hour to visit. There is usually and interesting exhibit on the main floor, (photographs of famous people from all over the world when we were there) and the restrooms on the main floor are convenient and clean. Great to know for tourists! The main parliament chamber was open for us when we visited and... More 

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

first of all, it's free to visit and the general public are positively encouraged to visit as part of a belief in open democracy (however it can seem discouraging now due to the necessary security precautions when entering); the building itself is very intriguing in its construction and the finish is beautiful, especially in the chamber itself

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Sacramento, California
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 21 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

While its not super pretty, there is lots of symbolism to the building which makes it worth viewing. Also, its worth the security line nuisance, to see the inside which warms up all the stone and concrete with wood embellishments. I really liked the no-assigned seating in the hall for parliament members.

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1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

Probably the worst building I have ever looked at or had the misfortune of entering. Once you get through the buildings security checks, your anticipating a well laid out agenda ahead, forget it. The information supplied is poor at best and the staff rather unhelpful. It feels like your an obligation rather than a wanted visitor. The board that people... More 

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Sunderland, Tyne & Wear
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

During a short visit to Edinburgh we were keen to see inside the Scottish Parliament building. My wife was suffering from temporary mobility difficulties and when we found that the lift to access the public viewing gallery was out of order we were delighted with the extremely courteous and helpful attitude shown by several members of staff. They went out... More 

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New Glarus, Wisconsin
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

The Parliament was closed when we were there so we did not see the inside but the outside is a must see if you enjoy architecture. The Parliament is across the street from the centuries old Holyroodhouse but the style is very modern. The difference between the two makes it especially interesting. Make sure you take some time to check... More 

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Edinburgh, United Kingdom
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1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

This is an eye sore - it really is! Worth having a look to see just how badly architecture can go wrong. Surrounded by a Royal Palace and an UNESCO world heritage old town and overlooked by a stunning natural masterpiece that is Arthur Seat. The Parliament is over priced, over rated and above all - the wrong colour. This... More 

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Bonnie Scotland
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

I went with a few friends to the Scottish Parliament to see my Rheumatologist getting an award for being the best doctor for patients in Ankylosing spondylitis in the UK. The building itself is a bit strange looking but great to visit as I did. I didn't do the full touristy bit, but I can see why people would. Inside... More 

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Bedford, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Situated overlooking the Palace of Holyrood House at one end of Edinburgh’s Royal Mile the new Scottish Parliament Building is a ‘must see’ attraction to enjoy the amazing architecture, the debating chamber and (if you’re lucky) to witness a parliamentary debate. The debates, procedures and use of modern technology bring the process of government into the 21st Century. Entrance to... More 

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Not everyone agrees, but having visited other modern parliament buildings, I think the Scottish one is on to be proud of. It had to be different, and it is. The security to enter the building is the same as an airport with plenty of information on what not to bring in, prior to reaching the security entrance. Once inside, there... More 

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