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Parliament House, Edinburgh

Parliament House, Edinburgh

Parliament House in Edinburgh is a complex of several buildings housing the Supreme Courts of Scotland. It is located in the Old Town, just off the High Street section of the Royal Mile, beside St Giles Cathedral.

The building was the gathering place for the Pre-Union Scottish Parliament and was built on the orders of King Charles I in 1639. It was used by the Governors of Scotland and also as court rooms and judge’s chambers. Today it houses the Supreme Courts of Scotland.

Parliament Hall is the main hall and the oldest part of the building. It has a magnificent hammer beam ceiling of Scandinavian oak, softly lit by small chandeliers. Part of the Great South Wall is taken up by a huge stained-glass window that throws multi-coloured patterns onto the tile floor.

This central hall is full of paintings and sculptures and you will find statues of Duncan Forbes of Culloden, President of the Court of Session in 1737; Henry Dundus, Viscount Melville, 1st the first Secretary of State for War in 1794; Henry Cockburn the Solicitor General for Scotland in 1830, and Sir Walter Scott the Scottish novelist, famous for Ivanhoe.

While Parliament Hall is open to the public, the court-rooms are not open for casual tours, although you can visit them if you sit in the public gallery during one of the trials in progress.

Edinburgh City Chambers is the meeting place of the City of Edinburgh Council. It is a Category A listed building. The main building is set back from the High Street behind a quadrangle fronted by a groin-vaulted open arcade screen facing the street. There is a prominent bronze statue of Alexander Taming Bucephalus, by John Steell, in the quadrangle.

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Sight Name: Parliament House
Sight Location: Edinburgh, Scotland
Sight Type: Attraction/Landmark

Walking Tours in Edinburgh, Scotland

Create Your Own Walk in Edinburgh

Create Your Own Walk in Edinburgh

Creating your own self-guided walk in Edinburgh is easy and fun. Choose the city attractions that you want to see and a walk route map will be created just for you. You can even set your hotel as the start point of the walk.
Edinburgh Introduction Walk

Edinburgh Introduction Walk

Comfortably yet tightly packed on the hilly terrain, Edinburgh – the Scottish capital – is a picturesque city much popular with tourists, in large part, due to its unique architecture comprising medieval (Old Town) and elegant Georgian (New Town) buildings. The cityscape is dominated by Edinburgh Castle, once the seat of the Scottish royals and now home to the country's crown jewels. To...  view more

Tour Duration: 2 Hour(s)
Travel Distance: 3.4 Km or 2.1 Miles
Literary Landmarks Tour

Literary Landmarks Tour

Edinburgh is proudly the home of many great writers: Robert Burns, Robert Louis Stevenson, J.K. Rowling, just to name a few. For those wishing to tread in the footsteps of your literary heroes, follow this self guided tour visit the places that have had an impact on the writers' live and career.

Tour Duration: 2 Hour(s)
Travel Distance: 3.5 Km or 2.2 Miles
New Town Walking Tour

New Town Walking Tour

The New Town is a central area of Edinburgh, considered to be a masterpiece of historic city planing, and is a UNESCO World Heritage Site. It is home to the National Gallery of Scotland and the Royal Scottish Academy, but also to an upmarket range of independent eateries and restaurants, as well as some of the best pubs and bars you will find in Edinburgh. Take the following tour to discover the...  view more

Tour Duration: 2 Hour(s)
Travel Distance: 2.5 Km or 1.6 Miles
Famous Squares and Streets Walking Tour

Famous Squares and Streets Walking Tour

While in Edinburgh, discover the popular avenues, boulevards and streets that lead to its most famous squares. While exploring these streets, you can find a copious amount of historic and religious edifices, fashion boutiques, classy restaurants, famous market areas, and hidden gems. Check out a few popular Edinburgh squares and streets in this self-guided tour.

Tour Duration: 2 Hour(s)
Travel Distance: 2.9 Km or 1.8 Miles
Harry Potter Trail

Harry Potter Trail

Edinburgh is the birthplace of Harry Potter. On this Harry Potter Trail, you will visit the locations that inspired J.K. Rowling.

Tour Duration: 2 Hour(s)
Travel Distance: 2.6 Km or 1.6 Miles
Old Town Museums

Old Town Museums

Popular for its rich cultural heritage, Edinburgh attracts a large number of tourists towards its numerous history and science museums that tell the compelling story of Scotland. Edinburgh is also a city where many locals spend their free time visiting galleries and attending art events. You can find amazing collections of original artwork in the many exhibitions around town. Take this tour and...  view more

Tour Duration: 1 Hour(s)
Travel Distance: 2.0 Km or 1.2 Miles

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