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Visitor guide to Scottish Parliament or Holyrood as it is called including details of visiting the interior...

Still the subject of much local controversy as much for the quality of the architecture as the final financial cost. The original budget was £40 million, and the final cost was £350 million! Local Edinburgh inhabitants have certainly not fallen in love with the building which is intricate and complex; however the architectural profession have lavished it with praise and awards.

The interior is more striking and the quality fo materials fabulous. However, many feel that the rhetorical quality of the building matches the parliament itself: more sound than substance! Sadly, terrorist concerns make it difficult to visit the interior and the splendor of the beamed interior is rather ruined by the internal furniture. The external garden is an excellent place to sit down for a break after a visit to Arthur's Seat.

Architectural Comment: interesting page on the project and its inception

Website: Official website. (You can book tickets to watch the parliament in action)

Address Details

  • The Scottish Parliament Edinburgh EH99 1SP, United Kingdom
  • EH99 1SP

Nearby Castles

  • Holyroodhouse Palace

    Official residence of the British monarch in Scotland, Holyrood Palace stands at the bottom of the Royal Mile in Edinburgh. Holyrood Palace is the setting for state ceremonies and official entertaining.

Nearby Visitor Attractions

Nearby Ancient Monuments

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Modification Date Wednesday, 25 April 2012