- Type: Sightseeing
- Time to Spend: 1 to 2 hours
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If you're a fan of Gaudí's work in Barcelona, you might like the look of the Scottish Parliament building. Designed by the Catalonian Enric Miralles, the building was met with much controversy, though in the end it won some major acclaim by capturing the Stirling Prize (a British architecture award). You should especially check out the stainless steel windows on the building's western side and the quotation-inscribed Canongate Wall.
Many travelers recommend taking the free guided tour, available Mondays, Fridays, Saturdays, and regularly when parliament is in recess. Tours can be booked in advance by filling out a form online on the Parliament's official website. Travelers also recommend stopping by the café for some refreshments. The building is open Tuesday through Thursday from 9:00 a.m. to 6:30 p.m. during business days; it's also open Mondays and Fridays when parliament is in recess from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Visitors are also welcome between 10 a.m. to 5 p.m on Saturdays and public holidays. You'll find Parliament at the foot of the old Holyroodhouse Palace.