Admire the unique design of the Scottish Parliament building, a must-see sight in Edinburgh. The front of the building is a mixture of steel, oak and granite, designed to look as if it is growing from the ground. Inside is equally interesting and is open for the public to explore, with special events and tours for curious visitors. A selection of artwork completes the picture of the building as a modern representation of a welcoming and cultural Scotland.
When Scotland voted in favor of a devolved parliament in 1997, it was clear that a new building was needed to host this chamber of politicians. A competition was launched for architects to design it and in 2004 the Scottish Parliament met here for the first time. Note the modern, abstract design elements, some of which attracted controversy initially, but now the building is an iconic part of Edinburgh's architecture.
Take one of four different guided tours, such as the Parliament Tour, which explores the history of Scottish politics and the design of the building. The History Tour tells stories from Scotland's past while the Literature Tour looks at how the building is linked to Edinburgh's writers. Browse the permanent collections of paintings and sculptures on the Art Tour. Book these free tours in advance to guarantee your spot.
Sit in on the debates that shape a nation when the parliament is in session. Visitors can attend First Minister's Questions, when Scotland's leader is grilled on government choices, or listen to a debate in the debating chamber.
Attend one of the Scotland-themed events hosted in the award-winning building. The Scottish Parliament building has been used for musical competitions, multimedia art presentations and public lectures, as well as conferences on culture and politics.
Make the 15-minute walk from Edinburgh Waverley train station to reach the Scottish Parliament building. Alternatively, buses run to the Canongate and Horse Wynd stops, both of which are nearby. Visit during the day from Monday to Saturday.
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Excellent location. Easy access to everything - shopping, dining, parks, public transportation. Would definitely return to this hotel in beautiful Edinburgh.
Good location just a block off the Royal Mile. Expect to traverse a steep close or go around the block to walk there. Rooms is okay - no A/C but had a portable fan. No computer/printer in lobby. Breakfast is an extra 11 pounds. Good value.
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Helpful, friendly staff. Food was excels t with a varied selection.
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Great location next to the train station and steps from the Royal Mile. Room was clean and modern. staff friendly. would stay here again.