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The Scottish Parliament, Edinburgh
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The legislature of Scotland is housed in the modern structure of The Scottish Parliament, which convenes three times each week. Visit the parliamentary hall to view the minister's seats arranged in a semicircle around the speaker's podium. There you'll also see the mace Queen Elizabeth II presented to the parliament on its official opening in July 1999. The mace is suspended from the lid of its glass case, and the lid is rotated so the mace turns at the beginning of every parliamentary sitting to symbolize that the meeting has taken place. You can book a free ticket for a debate in advance as some days on the calendar are blocked off for visitors, or take a free one-hour guided tour through the parliamentary building, debate chambers, and committee chambers. There is a shop and cafe on-site where you can relax after viewing a debate. Arrange to visit The Scottish Parliament and other attractions in Edinburgh using our Edinburgh itinerary maker.
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  • To be honest we only went in because I was desperate for the toilet after coming down from Arthur's Seat! However, we ended up spending a couple of hours inside the Parliament because it is absolutely...  more »
  • The architecture of the outside of this building is striking to say the least. Very modern and out of keeping with it's surroundings. Not to my taste I'm afraid. Inside we had to go through security c...  more »
  • my initial reaction to the building from the outside was one of slight horror, it seems so over designed. However the tour was well worth taking; very informative and interesting. it explains the arch...  more »