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The Scottish Parliament, Edinburgh

Categories: Government Buildings, Historic Sites, Tourist Spots
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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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  • As a life long resident of the City of Boston I thought nothing could surpass the ugly concrete monster that is the Boston City Hall. But this building does, that is no small feat. It is an offence to...  read more »
  • I visited the Scottish Parliament twice during a 2-week stay and was able to sit in the debating chamber and follow the debates from the visitors' balcony. An amazing experience in a beautiful buildin...  read more »
  • My husband and I visited today and just happened to arrive as a tour was starting, we were quickly added on to the group by the extremely helpful lady who greeted us at the door. The tour was interest...  read more »
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