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The Scottish Parliament
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Ranked #51 of 399 things to do in Edinburgh
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Fee: No
Recommended length of visit: <1 hour
Owner description: In the heart of Edinburgh's Old Town and UNESCO World Heritage Site, the Scottish Parliament building opened in 2004 and has since welcomed over 3 million visitors. Usually open from Monday to Saturday, visitors can join a free guided tour or see parliament in action, depending on which day you visit (booking essential). Discover the parliament through our exhibition, and enjoy our cafe and shop. A free creche is also available, Monday to Friday. We look forward to welcoming you to this 'landmark for 21st century democracy'.
Colwyn Bay, United Kingdom
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39 reviews
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“A must see”
Reviewed April 30, 2013

Not usually being interested in concrete buildings we went full of scepticism but came away converts. We took the hour long tour and the tour guide was excellent. It was fascinating to see the way the architect had thought out and designed the whole building and I must say we loved it. We would have liked to see one of the pods (contemplation chambers) in the offices but can understand because of security this is not possible.

Visited April 2013
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Fareham, United Kingdom
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“Hideous outside but impressive inside”
Reviewed April 26, 2013

I can see why the building still generates a lot of strong views - the use of wood inside whilel impressive must have cost a fortune - worth a visit if only to make up your own mind

Visited April 2013
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Bath, United Kingdom
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“Excellent tour of the building and the role of the Scottish Parliament”
Reviewed April 24, 2013

Having seen the Scottish parliament building from the outside this tour perfectly satisfied our interest in both the architecture and the role and functioning of the Scottish parliament. The guide was interesting, happy to answer questions and the tour at one hour was the perfect length. After the tour we could go into the public gallery of the parliament; we were there on a Friday afternoon and the house sits Tuesday to Thursday in the afternoons so we could not witness the parliament in action. But we could see the architecture in more detail. The building is always interesting at every turn.

Visited April 2013
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“Well worth the time AND its free”
Reviewed April 23, 2013

There is a choice of a thirty minute or 1 hour guided tour. We opted for the longer version which proved to be VERY interesting. The group was made up of folk from various countries and the guide was more than able to answer all their questions. The information given re architecture and history of the building together with the political situation made for a great trip. We ended in the debating chamber, seeing what we are so used to seeing on TV.
Entry is free and can be booked online easily. Bear in mind that there is a security process to go through before hand (like the airport security) so allow time for this. There is a lift to assist you bypass the many stairs, a cafe and a lot of seating in the wide, modern areas. If you plan to visit the capital of Scotland this political journey will be well worth it in my opinion.

Visited April 2013
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Edinburgh, Scotland, United Kingdom
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“The Numptorium”
Reviewed April 21, 2013

Have been more than once mainly to check out my prejudices - is it really was bad as I think it is and for a coffee when down that end of town. Coffee is good but the building is bad; it's ugly; it's not ageing well; it should be abandoned as a horrible mistake. It is a blight on the old town; totally out of keeping with its surroundings. The entrance is gloomy with its low ceiling; the internal walls look as if the bare concrete is waiting to be plastered; the bamboo poles outside make no sense; the debating chamber has an interesting ceiling but overall looks rather like IKEA - and it is far to big for the number of MSPs who bother to turn up for debates. Building known locally as the Numptorium - AKA house of numpties. An architectural disaster but go if you want a laugh - an expensive laugh funded by the poor taxpayer!

Visited March 2013
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