The Scottish Parliament

Price guide: Free

The Royal Mile, Edinburgh, EH99 1 SP

Price guide: Free

Scottish Parliament with Arthur's Seat in the background
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Expert review of The Scottish Parliament

A free guided tour of Scotland's controversial parliament building.

The home of the Scottish government. The Scottish Parliament building has been a bone of contention since its inception and completion in late 2004 due to the controversial design and the fact the budget was blown out of the water by the time it was completed. Everyone has their own opinion, they either love it or hate it. You can make up your own mind.

There are free guided tours around the building; they last about an hour but you must book in advance ( You can also buy public gallery tickets to see the governmental process in action either in the debating chamber, a committee meeting or First Minister's question time.

Right next to Dynamic Earth and Holyrood Palace: it's an ideal spot.

Expert tips: 
There is a creche on-site for young children of visitors.
Right next door to Holyrood Palace and Dynamic Earth. Easy to spend a day in this part of The Royal Mile.

More information on The Scottish Parliament:

Price guide:
Landmark / monument
The Royal Mile, Edinburgh, EH99 1 SP
0131 328 5200
Months open:
All year round
Opening times:
Apr-Sept 10am-5.30pm; Oct-Mar 10am-4pm. Tue-Thurs 9am–6.30pm. Last entry 30 minutes before time stated.

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