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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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  • Despite it being only a few days since the Westminster tragedies, the Parliament remained open with only a properly managed check before entry. We were able to go into the Chamber as well as visiting ...  more »
  • Don't bother, there's loads of better places in Edinburgh. The Scottish Parliament building is a total eyesore outside and the inside is mostly dark and depressing with no clear routes anywhere or any...  more »
  • As I live locally, I have visited this building on numerous occasions, with or without friends. Sometimes to visit the shop to buy gifts or to visit the cafe after viewing exhibitions. On entering you...  more »
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  • Just outside view.
  • A Beautiful building.
  • Another Museum.
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