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The Scottish Parliament

Horse Wynd / Canongate, Royal MIle, Edinburgh EH99 1SP, Scotland
+44 131 348 5200
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This was close for a week when we went to visit which was disappointing!! walked around the outside... read more

Reviewed 5 days ago
Fascinating insight into how It all works

Decided on the spur of the moment to pop in and see how our government works. From the outside the... read more

Reviewed 1 week ago
Geoff M
Craigellachie, United Kingdom
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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 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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Horse Wynd / Canongate, Royal MIle, Edinburgh EH99 1SP, Scotland
Southside & Holyrood
+44 131 348 5200
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Reviewed 5 days ago

This was close for a week when we went to visit which was disappointing!! walked around the outside of the building

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Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Decided on the spur of the moment to pop in and see how our government works. From the outside the building has had fans and detractors I would fall into the latter category I find from the outside it is ugly with a facade that...More

Thank Geoff M
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

We had a great experience at the free Scottish Parliament tour. The good news is there are other free specialist tours on a Saturday to book on the website.

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Reviewed 1 week ago

Very interesting. We visited when Parliament was in progress and sat in on it for a while. The chamber is circular so you feel really part of it

Thank Cumbriafoodie2014
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

I finally took the opportunity to take a tour of 'my' parliament building. Given it is a free tour, it was excellent and very informative. The tour guide, can't remember name (Mon 29th Jan 14:30 tour) was really good and really engaged with the tour...More

Thank JohnCat59
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Took a free tour of the parliament. It was short and sweet and provided you with a glimpse into the architecture and art of the building as well as its function.

Thank Birgit211
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Is a very nice place where you can learn a lot of things about the Scottish Government. You will have also the opportunity to interact directly with some members of the Parliament and understand how is working here. Nothing to pay for the visit, but...More

Thank antonella b
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

We came across the parliament building and tour when passing and it turned out to be one of the highlights of our trip. The tour guide, Barbara, was so enthusiastic and informative on the one hour tour. It was really interesting to learn about the...More

Thank Joel H
Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

This is an amazing building, concrete glass and timber. It fits it's purpose and surroundings perfectly. If you are interested in modern architecture you must pay a visit

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Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Ended up in here because the person I was with took no interest in Holyrood Palace. Had loads of security checks and was offered a ticket to their live discussions. Will still have to come back to Edinburgh and do Holyrood Palace. Was interesting but...More

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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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