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The Scottish Parliament

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Address: Horse Wynd, Edinburgh EH99 1SP, Scotland
Phone Number: +44 131 348 5200
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09:00 - 18:30
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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
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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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We went into the Scottish Parliament on the spur of the moment and wished we'd properly planned a visit to join one of the free tours. We enjoyed the photographic exhibition in... read more

4 of 5 bubblesReviewed 1 week ago
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Isle of Cumbrae
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 45 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed yesterday NEW

This is our Parliament Building and despite all the controversy and the extortionate build costs, it is a beautiful building inside, although I wouldn't say the same about the outside. However, it is ours and we Scots should be very proud of it. I'm sure that all visitors will be impressed.

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Downham Market, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed yesterday NEW

With what can only be described as quirky architecture, the Scottish Parliament building is definitely worth a visit. The security, although tight, is not too obtrusive and is carried out by friendly and helpful staff. Inside,the building is a delight with useful explanatory panels about the Parliament and some interesting photographic displays. The cafe is excellent with very good quality... More 

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago NEW

We went into the Scottish Parliament on the spur of the moment and wished we'd properly planned a visit to join one of the free tours. We enjoyed the photographic exhibition in the main entrance

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

Make sure you have enough time to visit this structure..also it shuts by 5:30/6 pm so don't be late. Must for all architecture enthusiasts & students.

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west coast of Scotland
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 53 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Easy to fit into a tourist tour as it is close to Arthur's Seat,Holyrood and on the bus route or a walk down the Royal Mile.Dont be put off by the outside,looks like a beach cabana with cut outs of hairdryers on it....truly.Inside it is beautiful polished marble ,no wonder it was so far over budget!!!!! You can go in... More 

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

A must visit place if you're going to Edinburgh. Very friendly staff, modern building, great gift shop. Just awesome.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

I guess that because the building of the new Parliament took so long and over-shot the budget and was led by a Catalan design team, the Scots are a bit grumpy about it, because it really is not celebrated in tourism information. But it is a BRILLIANT building. Fascinating and thoughtful design, both internally and how it sits within the... More 

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Portsmouth, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

The building has much to see such as the building's history and you can goo upstairs and see the debates go on but is security tight.

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Paisley, Scotland
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 157 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

The building's exterior is so out of place among nearby historic buildings that it reminded me of a warted toad and also of Hans Christian Andersen's children's story "The Emperor's New Clothes". The architect obviously wanted it to be different - at any cost - pun intended - and he has. Perhaps he got the idea from watching a child... More 

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LONDON
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

great structure , with impresive art work on the outside. did not do tour inside as it was cold and had to do security check ,

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