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Parliament House

Old Town
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Address: Parliament House 11 Parliament Square | Parliament Square, Edinburgh EH1 1RQ, Scotland
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+44 131 225 2595

This elegant building, located along the Royal Mile, once housed the...

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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Looks better than the new one!

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... read more

Reviewed 25 February 2017
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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 a look inside, we found the old building to be very much more aesthetically pleasing,... More 

1 Thank thetravellingmanUk
Dublin, Ireland
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 551 helpful votes
Reviewed 31 January 2017

I saw this building, admired it's architecture, took a few snaps, but only realised what it was when I came to take a peek through TripAdvisor, nice on the eye, didn't seem like much going on when I was there, but then with its style it adds to the ambiance of the area.

Thank Theycallitmadness
Colorado Springs
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 229 helpful votes
Reviewed 23 September 2016

We wanted to see more but didn't have the time, so just went in and looked around a bit. The halls had nice historic paintings and it was worth just peeking in for a few minutes. We've heard the tour is well worth the visit---so next time. The building itself is behind St Giles off High Street.

1 Thank MaryKop
Ringgold, Georgia
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Reviewed 27 August 2016

The Parliament Hall was recommended by an advocate friend from Glasgow. It is located just behind St. Giles Church and houses a small educational display of the Scottish Court system. The Hall itself is beautiful and with seeing.

2 Thank travelinbandman
Reno, Nevada
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Reviewed 16 August 2016 via mobile

We wanted to see what was going on and thought we would be able to see court in session. After going through security we were told we could not take photos. If I had known they had free tours, I would have gladly signed up for one. We wondered around a bit but there was not much to see.

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Reviewed 25 July 2016

Well worth a visit as its a beautiful building with guides that are knowledgeable. The cafe and gift shop was the most reasonable priced I have found.

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Los Angeles, California
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Reviewed 9 July 2016

This is the Old Parliament Building, now the Supreme Court. We did not go on the tour, but went into the pretty old chamber. It did not take long and is a beautiful space.

Thank cookpias
Columbus, Ohio
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Reviewed 15 May 2016

We had made reservations in advance for this tour. It is a free one! The tour was about an hour, guide very informative and it was really a good use of time. Very interesting. while they were not in session as it was just a day or so before elections, very interesting and informative. Would certainly recommend!!

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Adelaide, Australia
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Reviewed 7 November 2015

We were much impressed by this gracious old building located in Parliament Square just off the Royal Mile. Having previously visited and been extremely disappointed by the new Scottish Parliament building, it was a pleasure to soak up the history and tradition associated with this particular building. Whilst it is understandable that Parliament House had been deemed as being too... More 

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Melbourne, Australia
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Reviewed 3 November 2015 via mobile

Hidden in the corner of Parliament Square is the old parliament building now the Supreme Court. Wonderful hall and paintings of the people who made Scotland what it is today!

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Few Edinburghers live in the Old Town, but its labyrinth of dank alleys and steep streets suggests this was not always the case. Today, it’s mostly visitors, tartan-flavoured souvenir shops, and pipers 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 royal palace – two of Edinburgh’s great set-piece attractions. But there’s lots more exploring to do here down dozens of little alleys, or wynds, while at night the city’s busiest clubs erupt along the Cowgate which is closed to traffic for this purpose.
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