Free tour

The Literature Tour:  Burns an a’ that!

Robert Burns quote on Canongate Wall: “O, wad some Power the giftie gie us To see oursels as others see us! It wad frae monie a blunder free us, An' foolish notion.”

A quotation from Robert Burns’ To A Louse on the Canongate Wall

Saturday 25 January 2020   

The Scottish Parliament is a place of words – from the laws that are passed here to the words carved on to our building.  Join us for a different look at the Scottish Parliament, featuring poetry, prose and the echoes of ‘auld lang syne’.

Our popular Literature Tour returns, for one day only, to mark Burns Night.  Booking essential.

The tour features excerpts from the works of Liz Lochhead, Edwin Morgan, Màiri Mhòr nan Òran, Jackie Kay and, of course, Robert Burns.

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Free Exhibition

A Parliament for the People

Open year round

The Scottish Parliament welcomes visitors from Scotland and across the globe who want to learn about one of the youngest parliaments in the world.

The Exhibition

Our exhibition will introduce you to the work that the Scottish Parliament, its Committees, and MSPs do to make Scotland a better place to live.

Video interviews with campaigners give you the opportunity to hear first-hand how changes in the law since 1999 have positively impacted on our lives and rights in Scotland. Discover how people have campaigned for change in areas from health to LGBT+ equal rights and have worked with MSPs and Committees to make a real difference.

The exhibition also gives you the opportunity to explore Scotland’s fascinating parliamentary history and learn about how Scotland’s natural landscape and political values inspired the building’s striking architecture.

On display in the exhibition is the copy of the 1998 Scotland Act, the UK Parliament Act that established the Scottish Parliament and was presented by Tony Blair to Donald Dewar. Interactive timelines explore Scotland’s parliamentary history from its first recorded meeting in 1235 to the political union with England in 1707 and the 1997 referendum that resulted in a Scottish Parliament with devolved powers.

The exhibition contains content in British Sign Language and Gaelic.

The exhibition areas are open six days a week and are free of charge.

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