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 trip planner.
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  • We spent about 30 minutes wandering around the building. There was a decent amount of information available in the exhibit before going to the debating chamber. (The chamber is beautiful and modern, h...  more »
  • The Scottish Parliament is just about 18 years old, and the building is very modern--in sharp contrast to the Palace across the street. We booked our tour online a couple of days before arriving in Ed...  more »
  • Really enjoyed the Tour where Tom gave a great insight of the origins to the present day Parliament. Can’t recommend it enough. Just Brilliant  more »
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  • One of the places to visit as its free and when booked in advance you have access to more areas while on a guided tour. However you can still see a range things even without a guided too. Staff are lovely and helpful plus its opposite the holyrood palace and arthurs seat
  • Interesting place to visit. Free tours also available. Cafe with free WiFi, little or no phone signal when inside.
  • Free tours, but remember to book in advance as limited availability. Can look around for free though.
  • 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
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