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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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  • I went with a few friends to the Scottish Parliament to see my Rheumatologist getting an award for being the best doctor for patients in Ankylosing spondylitis in the UK. The building itself is a bit ...  more »
  • It is located opposite the Palace of Holyroodhouse... A sacred walk to nose to the English monarchy... The Scottish Parliament defies the Queen!
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  • Situated overlooking the Palace of Holyrood House at one end of Edinburgh’s Royal Mile the new Scottish Parliament Building is a ‘must see’ attraction to enjoy the amazing architecture, the debating c...  more »