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Scottish Parliament Tours : Architecture

Holyrood Visitor Centre in Edinburgh Old Town, Scotland, UK.

post updated 29 December 2023

Scottish Parliament Architecture – Building Description

Edinburgh Walking Tours – these can include a visit to the building, description of the exterior and key buildings in the Old Town / Edinburgh:

Contact Isabelle Lomholt on 07952 149814 or email isabelle(at)

Scottish Parliament Building Tours


Visit and try to understand the Enric Miralles legacy:

Contact on 0131 348 5200 or 0800 092 7600

Tour cost: free – interior only

Time: 1 hour

Max. group size: 20


The Scottish Parliament is open 6 days a weekend (closed on Sunday).

On Mondays, Fridays, Saturdays and Public Holidays the Parliament is open from
10.00-17.00 (last entry 16.30).

During the Parliamentary session the building is open from
09.00-18.30 (last entry 18.00) on Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursdays.

During Parliamentary recess the opening hours for these days revert to
10.00-17.00 (last entry 16.30).

More information:

Current at time of writing: please check with operators

Debating Chamber access depends on parliamentary business:

email: [email protected]

Scottish Parliament Architecture
building photo © Adrian Welch

Scottish Parliament
MSP Foyer View © Adrian Welch

Former Visitor Centre:

Scottish Parliament Tours
Scottish Parliament Visitor Centre

Scottish Parliament Photos

Edinburgh Walking Tours by e-architect for groups of visitors

Scottish Capital Building Designs

Scottish Capital Property Designs – major architectural selection below:

Royal Scottish Academy – RSA
Royal Scottish Academy
picture © Adrian Welch
New Town RSA

Scottish National Portrait Gallery
Scottish National Portrait Gallery
photograph © Adrian Welch
National Portrait Gallery

Scott Monument
Scott Monument
photo © Adrian Welch
Scott Monument

Royal Botanic Garden Edinburgh Palm Houses Restoration
Royal Botanic Garden Edinburgh Palm Houses Restoration

Scotland Buildings

Contemporary Scottish Capital Property Designs – recent architecture selection below:

London Road student accommodation at Jock’s Lodge
Design: Stallan-Brand
London Road Edinburgh student accommodation

Edinburgh College of Art Buildings Refurbishment
Design: Hawkins Brown Architects
Edinburgh College of Art Refurbishment

Trinity Academy
Design: Holmes Miller Architects
Trinity Academy Edinburgh secondary school building

Princes Street 347-bed hotel in Edinburgh
Princes Street Hotel Edinburgh City Centre

St James Quarter’s W, Edinburgh, Scotland, UK
W Edinburgh St James Quarter Hotel

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