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“The Good the Bad and the Ugly”

The Scottish Parliament
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$264.26*
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3-Hour Private Edinburgh Castle Tour
Ranked #68 of 397 things to do in Edinburgh
Certificate of Excellence
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Fee: No
Recommended length of visit: 1-2 hours
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'.
Reviewed July 23, 2013

The GOOD
Is the interior. The council chamber is elegant in a modernist way, and beautifully detailed architecturally.

The BAD
Are the exterior connecting elements, such as the stainless steel grids and hanger rods, the many opportunities for pigeons et al to leave their calling cards - and the sheer cost of such extravagance in a country not noted for its wealth.

The UGLY
The exterior architecture is the nightmare of someone demented. It is an insult to the history that precedes it.

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Reviewed July 14, 2013

Get astonished with the building and its architecture. Join a guided tour and learn about Scotland politics and Enric Miralles!

Thank Deda78
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Reviewed July 12, 2013

The Parliament Building is striking. A modern statement of difference that I found quite moving. Up close it is interesting; from afar it is a fascinating counterpoint to the Victorian follies on the hills and the queen's palace which is right "next door." It felt organic, accessible, and a real break from a tradition that was not truly their own. Bravo to the Scots.

Thank emilee l
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Reviewed July 11, 2013

A daring, wonderful building the insides of which I had the luck to visit during a recent conference.

Has great conference spaces, very interesting exhibits and -once those renovation works around it finish- should be a great place to spend a sunny morning (not a lot of them in Scotland), with its lovely open outside spaces and the view of Arthur's seat.

Tourists need to visit this, and local working nearby should definitely consider taking their lunch and enjoying it on the spaces outside.

Thank greekthenick
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Reviewed July 5, 2013

We went there after booking online 2 debating chamber session entrances for free in the morning. It was a very nice and interesting experience, different from what we are used to see when visiting. We were really lucky to assist to the debate and vote to allow the 16-17 years old to take part to the vote at the Referendum for the independence. We could really catch a glimpse of the feeling of adhesion to a Scottish identity and of the current debate for the Independence. The building is very particular: you can love it or hate it but the debating session really made the visit worth it.

Thank Elena P
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