Scottish Parliament

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Despite the political furore surrounding its design and building, the new home of the Scottish Parliament is an impressive and unique architectural achievement. Access to the building is free, and you can visit the public galleries of the Chamber or Committee rooms to see Parliament in action on business days. On non-business days, the Chamber and Committee Room public galleries are open for visitors to see these remarkable spaces and staff are available to answer questions. There is also an exhibition on the Parliament and guided tours of the building are available at a small charge. Business days (normally Tuesday-Thursday): 09.00 - 19.00 Non-business days (normally Mondays and Fridays and every weekday when Parliament is in recess): Apr - Oct: 10.00 - 18.00, Nov - Mar 10.00 - 16.00 Weekends: 10.00 - 16.00 Last admission 45 minutes before closing. Closed Dec 25 & 26 and Jan 1 & 2 Free Guided Tours: Adults: £3.50,Conc: £1.75, Under 5: Free Support workers/carers accompanying a disabled person: Free Cafe, shop, creche (booking in advance is advised) baby changing / feeding facilities, wheelchair & pushchair loan

Scottish Parliament

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The Old Town of Edinburgh is built on a ridge that rises gradually from the Palace of Holyrood to Edinburgh Castle. There are staircase lanes, called Wynds, that lead off this 'Royal Mile' that give the impression of the city being built on multiple levels and buildings that date from the 11th Century. The New Town is also a World Heritage Site with its mix of Georgian town houses and the earliest examples in Europe of tenement flats. The views to be had from the Castle, Arthur's Seat and Calton Hill are dramatic and inspiring.