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This elegant building, located along the Royal Mile, once housed the Scottish government until Scotland's union with England in 1707.
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Parliament House 11 Parliament Square | Parliament Square, Edinburgh EH1 1RQ, Scotland
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Most Helpful Positive Review
Reviewed 1 July 2014

Many of the reviewers here seem to be confusing Parliament House on the Royal Mile with the new Scottish Parliament Building at Holyrood. This building is Parliament House the home of the Court of Session. It is a very old building dating back centuries. In...More

5  Thank shug17
Most Helpful Critical Review
Reviewed 25 October 2014 via mobile

Absolutely the ugliest building in a beautiful old town. Not worth the visit. The separate little meeting areas were ridiculous. Modern ghastly. Visit old town edinburgh instead

2  Thank jeri638
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Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

I could not agree more with the previous reviewer: the beautiful buildings of the Old Parliament House are in striking contrast with the ultimate ugliness of the New Parliament of Scotland near the Holyroodhouse. The harmonious ensemble of the Parliament Square includes the Mercat Cross,...More

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Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Very impressive buildings in the old part of town. Makes me wonder why the new ugly site of the Scottish parliament buildings near Holyrood palace were ever thought about!! Magnificent buildings and others too in Parliament Sq

1  Thank mslancashire503927
Reviewed 2 October 2018

Visited with a group of friends as part of Doors Open Day and got to go behind the scenes in the Supreme Court to see parts that the public don't normally get to see. A 45 minute long tour which was very interesting and informative.

Thank KWells2014
Reviewed 2 October 2018 via mobile

Visited here as part of the Open Day festival. Stunning Hall greeted us. Option of tour or witness an re-enactment of a trial. Encouraged by effervescent organisers to go with former. Amiable tour guide regaled some interesting folklore as she took us through the labyrinth...More

Thank keep P
Reviewed 20 August 2018

The building can be found behind St. Giles Cathedral and was the original Scottish Parliament. It is now part of the Court of Session and is well worth a visit. There are really interesting information boards, how the building was used and how it is...More

Thank DavidMay1945
Reviewed 11 May 2018

If you are in Edinburgh's Old Town, a short detour off the High Street ( The Royal Mile ), will allow you to see the original Scottish Parliament. It is located behind St. Giles Cathedral, and entry ( between 10 am and 4 pm, Mon....More

2  Thank Jean L
Reviewed 21 January 2018

Visit to the parliament building was a complete waste of time. There is very limited access, basically just to the entrance gallery.

Thank W_H_Can
Reviewed 2 January 2018

We were not sure which door to use to enter. Not the one with a handcuffed person escorted out by police. This is another example where you should not be afraid to ask a local for help. We entered the door which was indicated and...More

Thank Trainbook
Reviewed 16 July 2017

An appropriately grand and elegant building, given that it formerly housed the Scottish government before the union with England. What the visiting public can see is limited as it is now the seat of the Supreme Courts. One area that is allowed is the magnificent...More

1  Thank permia
Reviewed 25 February 2017

We took this slight deviation to the left, whilst walking up the Royal Mile today to view the old 'Parliament House'. (Not to be confused with the new building which is at the very bottom of the Royal Mile). Although we didn't attempt to have...More

2  Thank thetravellingmanUk
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that you’ll find on its cobbled streets. This is the
place to get a feel for Auld Reekie (Old Smelly), as
the town was once nicknamed, and stroll the Royal
Mile, the thoroughfare that links the castle with the
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Ron L
31 October 2015|
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Security guards were very friendly and encouraged us to wander freely around.Informative boards inside explaining the importance of the history of Scotland's Parliament pre 1707 (not the pretend one down the hill).
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