The Scottish Parliament Tours

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Located at the end of Edinburgh’s famous Royal Mile, the striking Scottish Parliament building stands its ground among some of the Old Town’s most dynamic architecture, with the grand Holyrood Palace, the elegant Queen’s Gallery and the fantastical Dynamic Earth all in close proximity.

The complex of innovative buildings opened in 2004, with the original design inspired by the surrounding countryside and Spanish architect Enric Miralles describing his vision as creating a structure that ‘appears to grow out of the land’. Most impressive is the unique façade of the Members' office, with its iconic shaped windows designed to evoke Raeburn’s famous painting of Reverend Robert Walker skating on ice, and the Canongate Wall, designed by Sora Smithson and inscribed with 26 quotations from prominent Scottish writers.

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The Scottish Parliament buildings are also open to the public and free guided tours take visitors around the main hall, committee rooms, Garden Lobby and Queensbury House. It’s also possible to enter the public viewing galleries when parliament is in session, with free tickets available at the entrance hall.
Address: Horse Wynd, Edinburgh, Scotland
Hours: Mon, Fri, Sat and Public Holidays: 10am - 5pm (last entry 4.30pm). Tue, Wed and Thu: 9am - 6.30pm (last entry 6pm). Mon and Fri hours will apply on Tue, Wed and Thu when Parliament is in recess.
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