Admire the architecture of the Scottish Parliament

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Admire the architecture of the Scottish Parliament

Designed by Catalan architect Enric Miralles as a work of art, its particular shape and mix of materials leaves no one indifferent.

Opened in October 2005, this building, constructed on the site of a former brewery, is based on (in the words of the late Spanish architect himself) ‘the surrounding landscape, the vegetal designs of Charles Rennie Mackintosh, and the boats overturned on the shore.' The complex's design represents the flower of democracy rooted in Scottish soil, a symbol that unfolds magnificently from the heights of Salisbury Crags.
Vilified or extolled, this is architecture of great finesse, in steel, oak wood, and stone. If you are at all keen on art, you will want to take some time out to admire it. Two options are available: either a free guided tour of one hour (book in advance), which includes the Chamber, a committee room, the Garden Lobby, and the office of a member of the Scottish Parliament; or a paid tour of the venue and art works selected by Enric Miralles himself.

Scottish Parliament
Horse Wynd
Edinburgh EH99 1SP

+44 131 348 5000