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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 4 days ago

While the building itself is quite unattractive externally, there is a brilliant, free display about the history of the Scottish Parliament and some interesting and easy to read guides about the workings of the Scottish Parliament. There are also guided tours that you can take...More

Thank Morgan G
Reviewed 6 days ago

Interesting inside to see the differences from Westminster, however external not a patch on Westminster far too ugly

Thank MaGrFa
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Very interesting building and depending on visit day of the week and time, you can gain access to one of the Parliamentary sessions. No charge to enter this building. A free 10 minute talk about the place at various times per day. Of course high...More

Thank TracyH791
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

The Free tour today at 11am was informative, funny and thought provoking. You do not need to be interested in politics: but both it and the architecture are worth seeing. You can get the no 6 bus from the mound if it's raining and you...More

Thank hthols
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

really enjoyed our tour with the brilliant Adriane. Very informative, Adriane was so knowledgeable, and passionate about the building and the history of the parliament. she made everyone feel very comfortable and relaxed and so had great customer questions and gave brilliant feedback. Well done...More

Thank Fay G
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

It's definitely woth a visit if you would like to get more information about the work of the scottish parliamant. The building itself is very modern and very impressive. Unfortunately we missed the guided tour (there was no more place) - if you want to...More

Thank Andrea2129
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

For me this Parliament building is a symbol of symbol of Scottish independence. I hadn't have tour inside, just observed an interesting architecture of the exterior. Advice is to combine the visits with the Holyrood Palace, as they are situated just on the opposite sides...More

Thank Nika_Alov
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Recimmend you read the history if this building first. Popped in to see what all the money had been spent on and understood why the locals were upset. I am not an afficionado of extreme architectural design and the deep artistic portrayal of themes so...More

Thank maggieadelaide2017
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Forget the political content........just appreciate the building. It is truly outstanding! Architecture, decor, materials used, design and general feeling are worth the effort of a visit. You can see it often on television but this MUST be visited to appreciate.

Thank handlebars99
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

After the madness of walking the Royal mile during fringe, visit Holyrood. Book a tour, every 1/2 hour, Tom was our guide, really informative. It takes about an hour and prepares you for more madness after you leave. Also, the café inside is really cheap...More

Thank jont33
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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