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The Scottish Parliament

Horse Wynd / Canongate, Royal MIle, Edinburgh EH99 1SP, Scotland
+44 131 348 5200
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Interesting behind the scenes tour

First visit to the Scottish Parliament and it is well worth the trip. The building and architecture... read more

Reviewed 4 days ago
TOD18
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Glasgow, United Kingdom
An opportunity not to be missed

Open to everyone, and it is free. Passing through airport type security you arrive into a modern... read more

Reviewed 1 week ago
peter m
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St Peter Port, 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...more
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Horse Wynd / Canongate, Royal MIle, Edinburgh EH99 1SP, Scotland
Southside & Holyrood
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+44 131 348 5200
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Reviewed 4 days ago

First visit to the Scottish Parliament and it is well worth the trip. The building and architecture are stunning, surprisingly well maintained considering it is a working parliament building. The use of local materials throughout the building add to its beauty and simplicity. We booked...More

Thank TOD18
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Reviewed 1 week ago

Open to everyone, and it is free. Passing through airport type security you arrive into a modern spacious interior. Visitors follow signs to the debating chamber arranged in a tiered semi-circle. Visitors can view the chamber from the public galery. Unfortunately I was too early...More

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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Worth visit - one of the hop on hop off stops - located just behind Dynamic Earth attraction 1. Free entrance 2. No ID needed 3. Need to go via security scanning but not a big deal with it 4. Free water fountain 5. Free...More

Thank Abbas H
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Seeing the outside of this building across from Holyroodhouse I just had to go back to see the inside. The guided tours are free and my guide was great and had a lot of insider knowledge because he has worked there for a number of...More

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Reviewed 3 weeks ago

WE had a guided tour round the Scottish Parliament. Very interesting building, beautifully finished decor inside. Beautiful wooden floors and doors. We also sat in the public gallery for the afternoon session. An interesting day

Thank Janet M
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Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

Visited here today spent an hour watching the mps in the debating chamber a great insight into Scottish democracy

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Reviewed 5 weeks ago

We were fascinated by the beautiful architecture surrounded by all those old buildings. An interesting visit for sure!

Thank Tere V
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Reviewed 21 April 2018

Unlike 95% of the Royal Mile, this 2002 building offers some very interesting and modern architecture. Whether you like the exterior design or not, the main chamber where the parliament meets is very cool. Natural light, light colored wood everywhere, and an interesting array of...More

Thank Carey2016
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Reviewed 20 April 2018 via mobile

The Scottish Parliament building is very impressive and well worth a visit. We were able to take a photograph of the debating hall as the debate had not yet started. The homemade soup in the cafe was delicious too.

Thank Nicola E
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Reviewed 20 April 2018 via mobile

It was good to visit the parliament building and to see what it is like inside given the infamous history of its construction and the cost. It’s a nice enough building but it’s incredible to think it cost over £500 million of taxpayers money to...More

Thank ScottishTemplar
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