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The Scottish Parliament, Edinburgh

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#13 of 44 in Historic Sites in Edinburgh
Government Building Historic Site
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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  • Only if you are walking by and in the area would I say this is worth going into. Interesting, but not an essential highlight of Edinburgh.  more »
  • Happened upon the SP whilst walking into Edinburgh from Leith. Spent a fascinating hour looking around at the modern architecture. Good displays, informative staff and surprising access to the debatin...  more »
  • What a fantastic tour led by the most enthusiastic, knowledgeable and proud scottish tour guide. The Scottish Parliament is a fascinating building and exercise in modern democracy.  more »
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  • I wasn't inside just passing by but it is a beautiful building with amazing views surrounding. It also has free guided tours around the building.
  • You can get inside to took a look of this beautiful building
  • A Beautiful building.
  • Just outside view.
  • Very nice building and really exciting architecture cannot always open
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Edinburgh hides a maze of cobbled streets dotted with boutique hotels offering inexpensive rooms and outstanding restaurants. Many of the city's Gothic buildings house chic hotels with easy access to most of the city’s main tourist sites. For a uniquely Scottish experience, consider staying in the famous old town. Despite being in this historical district, many hotels here feature contemporary decor with lots of glass walls and muted color schemes. They’re also known for offering spacious rooms, comfortable beds, and restaurants serving classic European cuisine, with a modern Scottish twist.
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