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New sign language tours of Holyrood

Pictured here are visitors using the new audio visual guides
Holyrood visitors using the new audio visual guides

HOLYROOD, home of the Scottish Parliament, has launched free audio visual tours – with British Sign Language – for deaf and hard of hearing visitors.

The guided tours give visitors a behind-the-scenes insight into some of the Holyrood building’s unique architecture and art collection, and visitors will learn all about the role and work of the Scottish Parliament and its 129 MSPs.

The tours include visits to the Debating Chamber, committee rooms, the garden lobby area and to historic Queensberry House.

The Parliament introduced free tours in English in September – the final step to making all aspects of visiting and engaging with the Parliament free to the public. Audio-visual tours are now available in a range of languages including Gaelic.

Presiding Officer Alex Fergusson MSP said: “We pride ourselves as a Parliament on being open and accessible. Removing the last existing charged-for service for visitors to Holyrood is something to celebrate.

“The inclusion of a BSL option as part of our free tours package should enable more people than ever before to experience the Parliament for themselves.”

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