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  • 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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The Scottish Parliament Tours

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.

Practical Info

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.

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City Sightseeing Edinburgh Hop-On Hop-Off Tour, Edinburgh, null
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City Sightseeing Edinburgh Hop-On Hop-Off Tour

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With great views from the open-top double-decker bus, strategically placed tour stops and an interesting audio commentary, this City Sightseeing tour is the ...  Read more

Location: Edinburgh, United Kingdom
Duration: 1 day (approx.)

From USD $20.05
Edinburgh Half-Day City Tour with Port Transfers, Edinburgh, Hop-on Hop-off Tours
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Edinburgh Half-Day City Tour with Port Transfers

Panoramic tour of the Old Town, Royal Mile, Holyrood Park, and the New Town by Private Executive Minicoach.

Location: Edinburgh, United Kingdom
Duration: 4 hours (approx.)

From USD $360.96
Edinburgh - Half Day City Tour with Hotel Transfers, Edinburgh, Ports of Call Tours
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Edinburgh - Half Day City Tour with Hotel Transfers

Panoramic tour of the Old Town, Royal Mile, Holyrood Park, and the New Town by Private Executive Minicoach.

Location: Edinburgh, United Kingdom
Duration: 4 hours (approx.)

From USD $360.96
Edinburgh Ghost Tour with Spanish-Speaking Guide, Edinburgh, Private Sightseeing Tours
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Edinburgh Ghost Tour with Spanish-Speaking Guide

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Prepare for tales of witchcraft, mystery and the afterlife on a 1.5-hour Edinburgh ghost tour! Led by a Spanish-speaking guide who is an expert in the city’s ...  Read more

Location: Edinburgh, United Kingdom
Duration: 75 minutes (approx.)

From USD $17.38
Edinburgh City Centre Private Driving Tour including Edinburgh Castle & Rosslyn Chapel, Edinburgh, ... 
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Edinburgh City Centre Private Driving Tour including Edinburgh Castle & Rosslyn Chapel

You will be driven around Edinburgh in a traditional London taxi that can seat up to four people comfortably. This eight hour tour will include all of the most ...  Read more

Location: Edinburgh, United Kingdom
Duration: 8 hours (approx.)

From USD $1,009.34
Edinburgh Historical Walking Tour Including Skip the Line Entry to Edinburgh Castle, Edinburgh, ... 
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Edinburgh Historical Walking Tour Including Skip the Line Entry to Edinburgh Castle

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Pack in history, mystery and local flavor on this 2-hour walking tour of Edinburgh’s Royal Mile and Edinburgh Castle. Follow an informative guide into Old ...  Read more

Location: Edinburgh, United Kingdom
Duration: 2 hours 15 minutes (approx.)

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