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The Scottish Parliament

Horse Wynd / Canongate, Royal MIle, Edinburgh EH99 1SP, Scotland
+44 131 348 5200
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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 6 days ago via mobile

The Edinburgh Parliament building offers a free visit to the interiors of the Parliament. From the outside the building structure is non conventional with each block shaped as tree leaves (clearly visible form Arthur's seat). Some architects might find the structure to be a bit...More

Thank Abhishek J
Reviewed 1 week ago

Booked on line a few weeks before our visit. Very interesting building and modern, but fits in with the older buildings that surround it. Tour guide excellent and was a fount of knowledge. Such an intense visit learnt a lot about the Scottish Parliament and...More

Thank Pamela M
Reviewed 1 week ago

I was recommended by my friend (who works in Politics) to go take a tour and I am so glad I did! It was by far my favourite experience in Edinburgh. The design of the building is one of the most interesting that I have...More

Thank Kamil S
Reviewed 1 week ago

Having seen the building on TV it was interesting to actually visit. Most people would have a definite opinion on the building designed by a Catalan architect. We were allowed into the debating chamber during a debate and the chamber is pretty amazing. It was...More

Thank Stevejdp
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

We had a very good tour guide for this. She explained the meaning behind the unique structure of this building. While Parliament was not in session, she explained their structure and procedures very well.

Thank Joan G
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

We reserved a tour online a few weeks before our trip. I would highly suggest this, as they book up early. Unfortunately, there was a terror event in England shortly before our visit. The security was tightened & we did not have a tour. But,...More

Thank BaileyL99
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Stopped by thinking I would just walk around the building - ended up with a ticket to watch the parliament debate! If you are a political enthusiast, you cannot pass this opportunity up! What a cool, unique experience that I'm not sure could happen as...More

Thank Colleen B
Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

What a different building, from what locals have told me it was a hot button issue when it was built. It was neat to learn what a devolved parliament does and how it works. Would have enjoyed it more if I could have watched them...More

Thank Craig R
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Look. Let's not get in to any political debate here.... no buts dear reader. Over budget and the outside looks a tad strange, but go through the tight security and you can't help by being impressed. The ten minute chat about the SP was excellent....More

Thank MStJB
Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

Let me start by saying that in every country I go to I try to do a tour of their parliament or equivalent. Yes I am a bit of a politics / styles of democracy geek. This tour was excellent in a number of ways:...More

Thank Wandering-not-lost2
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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