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Parliament House

Parliament House 11 Parliament Square | Parliament Square, Edinburgh EH1 1RQ, Scotland
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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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“supreme court” (2 reviews)
“great hall” (2 reviews)
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Parliament House 11 Parliament Square | Parliament Square, Edinburgh EH1 1RQ, Scotland
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+44 131 225 2595
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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

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
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...More

Thank Theycallitmadness
Reviewed 22 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...More

1  Thank MaryKop
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
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...More

Thank Linnbada
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
Reviewed 6 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...More

2  Thank BigHugh51
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!

1  Thank RMYardley
Reviewed 3 October 2015

Parliament House is imposing rather than elegant, and I can't say I like its massive facade all that much. However, it blends well with its Old Town neighbors and is not an eyesore like its modern counterpart

Thank Citallwic
Old Town
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
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Ron L
30 October 2015|
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Response from Sandrandavid |
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).