Scottish Parliament rated five-star tourist attraction

The Scottish Parliament has been awarded a five-star rating from Scotland's national tourism body.

The Scottish Parliament building, Holyrood park, Edinburgh.

VisitScotland gave the quality assurance grading to the visitor experience at Holyrood in recognition of exceptional customer service and high-quality facilities.

The building runs free tours for visitors explaining the history, building architecture and parliamentary process.

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Scottish Parliament Presiding Officer Ken Macintosh said: “This award is a terrific achievement and a real recognition of the effort our staff put in to making the Scottish Parliament such a warm and welcoming place to visit.

“We are proud to welcome thousands of visitors each week from right across Scotland and beyond and I hope this award will encourage even more people to visit the Parliament and experience it for themselves.

VisitScotland chief executive Malcolm Roughead added: “Congratulations to the Scottish Parliament on this fantastic achievement.

“The Scottish Parliament is a truly spectacular building that offers a fantastic insight into the history and politics of our country.”