Near the Scottish Parliament there is another controversial new building called Our Dynamic Earth, which describes itself simply as a "visitor attraction" but seems to be a modern interactive museum of the Earth Sciences.
I arrived to late to go inside, but it's on my list because I always like this sort of thing, and I'm told it is competently presented.
A bit pricey, though: £ 8.95 for adults, with lower prices for children, seniors, students, unemployed, etc,. and various offers for families.
Update: As of 2012, the admission price for adults is £ 10.80, but there is a "10% discount if you purchase online today". I don’t know if this means every day or really only TODAY as I am writing this. Try it and find out.
Behind the building, which looks sort of like a large white tent, you can see the Salisbury Crags in Holyrood Park. The temporary fences in the foreground are intended to keep demonstrators out of the Scottish Parliament grounds.
This is viewed from Salisbury Crags, about a 5 minutes walk above Holyrood.
Dynamic Earth is the white building (no comment) - an educational experience, ideal for families and school children or geography / geology students. Costly though.
Holyrood Palace is the Queen's Official Residence in Scotland (right of picture) - check the flag to see if she is in. Parts are open to the public, along with Holyrood Abbey (see tips).
Parliament Builing Site. One day this will be finished. As of April, 2004, it looks like this - a building site and concrete mess, with hundreds of workmen's portacabins too. I'm not going to comment on the cost or lunacy of the project, or the waste of money with a bloated and over staffed "partial" Government, this being only a part devolved Government with most power still held at Westminster in London. You should glance at any Scottish paper's website for up to date comment. Just be careful if asking a Scot about it - as sensitive as talking about football & religion (same thing).
Students of architecture - please observe closely! When the Parliament is complete, you will have 3 buildings of totally different style and construction adjacent to each other, and I'm sure it'll be horrible.
It is one of the "must see" attractions in Edinburgh. It's a fantastic journey of discovery, using dramatic special effects, stunning imagery and state-of-the-art interactives, that takes you from the very beginning of time to our unknown future.
Dynamic earth is a journey of discovery from the beginning of time far into the future. You travel through every environment on earth, being shaken by earthquakes, and face boiling lava and you could be caught in a tropical rainstorm.
this is exelent for children and adults and is cramed with so much sensory inputs your head will explode. travel throgh time and learn about how diverse our planet is.great great great