Edinburgh and the Lothians Travel Guide

Edinburgh and the Lothians Sights

The Scottish Parliament

  • Horse Wynd Map It
  • Old Town
  • Government Building

Published 05/04/2017

Fodor's Review

Scotland's now-iconic Parliament building is starkly modernist, with irregular curves and angles that mirror the twisting shapes of the surrounding landscape. Stylistically, it is about as far removed from Westminster as can be. Originally conceived by the late Catalan architect Enric Miralles, and completed by his widow, Benedetta Tagliabue, the structure's artistry is most apparent when you step inside, where the gentle slopes, forest's worth of oak, polished concrete and granite, and walls of glass create an understated magnificence. Take a free guided tour to see the main hall and debating chamber, a committee room, and other areas of the building, or choose a specialist subject for your tour, from history to literature to art. All tour reservations must be made online. Call well in advance to get a free ticket to view Parliament in action.

Sight Information


Horse Wynd, Edinburgh, Edinburgh, EH99 1SP, Scotland

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Sight Details:

  • Closed Sun.

Published 05/04/2017


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