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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  • Had a few days in the city so thought we would take in the Scottish Parliament trip. The setting is stunning with Salisbury crag and Arthur’s seat as a back drop. The hour long visit is heavy on archi...  more »
  • Next to Holyrood Palace, this modern building has been critized by many people for its architecture. The architect was the spanish Miralles. The front facade is nice, the side facade is a little bit m...  more »
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  • I'm not a big lover of modern architecture, but this building was exceptional. Strange on the outside, we must admit, but incredible inside. Flooded with light, interesting shapes and materials. A great debate chamber. This is a piece of art and the building too. And we were lucky enough to take a tour of the building with Rachel, a charming guide. Thank you very much for the great job.
  • Nice to take a free walk around the parliament. Very interesting exhibitions. Those more devoted to politics should consider getting a free ticket to watch the afternoon political business.
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