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Holyrood Parliament welcomes 5 millionth visitor
The Scottish Parliament has welcomed its 5 millionth visitor since it opened at Holyrood in 2004, in the year of its 20th anniversary celebrations.
To mark the occasion, the lucky visitor, Gilly Semple, visiting from Stirling with her son and brother, was greeted by Deputy Presiding Officer Christine Grahame MSP, who presented her with a hamper from the Parliament's gift shop.
Entry into the Parliament, which is open Mondays to Saturdays, is free and it is rated as a five star visitor attraction by VisitScotland. It offers free tours, an exhibition, café, creche and gift shop.
The Deputy Presiding Officer commented: “The Scottish Parliament has always prided itself on being an open and accessible place, where the public should be welcomed and feel at ease. That is why we are so pleased our efforts to be an interesting and informative place to visit have been acknowledged by Visit Scotland awarding us five stars.
“Getting to 5 million visitors coming through our doors is a real landmark moment. As well as the thousands of school pupils and community groups who come each year, we have a range of activities for the general public to come in and enjoy, including a new exhibition and a regular range of events, displays and tours."
Ms Semple said: “This is a real surprise. I’ve seen the Parliament on TV, and knew about the World Press Photo display [which runs until 24 August], so I thought we would come to visit. We had hoped to get in to the chamber and see the exhibition, but I never imagined I would be the 5 millionth visitor, and get such a welcome!”