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The Scottish Parliament at Holyrood officially opened in 2004. This is where Members of the Scottish Parliament (MSPs) meet to debate Scottish issues. It is open to the public and there are free... Read More
The Scottish Parliament at Holyrood officially opened in 2004. This is where Members of the Scottish Parliament (MSPs) meet to debate Scottish issues. It is open to the public and there are free guided tours available, generally on Mondays, Fridays and Saturdays. There are also exhibitions, a shop and a cafe. This stunning building lies at the bottom of the Royal Mile and was designed by Catalan architect, Enric Miralles. It is a source of some controversy in Scotland because it went massively over budget and a fierce debate still rages over whether it is beautiful or ugly. Decide for yourself when you visit.
- Free Things to Do, Best Attractions & Activities, Sightseeing: "The Debating Chamber is a fascinating space and not to be missed. You can even get a free ticket to visit the Debating Chamber and listen in to a debate when parliament is in session. Make sure you request a ticket in advance to avoid disappointment."
- Best for Free Things to Do Because: For a fascinating insight into the inner workings of the Scottish Parliament take one of their informative tours.
- Recommended as Best Attractions & Activities Because: The Scottish Parliament offers an insight into the government of modern Scotland.
- Best for Sightseeing Because: Even if you don't have time for the full tour, the Scottish Parliament is a fascinating building well worth exploring.