• Front of Scottish Parliament building

    Visiting the Scottish Parliament

    The Scottish Parliament welcomes visitors 6 days a week - Monday to Saturday.

    All visits are free of charge.

    Discover Parliament


    Visiting the Scottish Parliament

  • The Garden Lobby of the Scottish Parliament

    Visits and Guided Tours

    Discover the Scottish Parliament by taking a tour of the building or one of our Special Interest Tours - Art, History and Literature.

    All tours are free of charge.

    Discover Parliament


    Visits and Guided Tours

  • Jaime Rojo - Monarchs in the Snow

    World Press Photo returns to Holyrood

    The World Press Photo exhibition is on display at the Scottish Parliament.

    The exhibition, which features over 140 of the most moving and thought provoking images taken in 2016, will be on display from 4 - 27 August 2017 and is free to attend.

    Find out more

    Image by Jaime Rojo


    World Press Photo returns to Holyrood

  • An image from the School Council resource

    Fun and Games!

    The interactive resources in our Education section include fun games like Snakes & Ladders and SP-ingo!.

    You can also learn about the Parliament by consulting the Quick Guide or test your knowledge by taking the Parliament Quiz.


    Learn about the Parliament


    Fun and Games!

Visit & Learn

Visitors in the Garden Lobby

Visiting The Parliament

Open to the public 6 days a week, Scotland's Parliament sits at the foot of Edinburgh's Royal Mile by Holyrood Park and the Salisbury Crags.

Visitor looking at the Great Tapestry of Scotland Exhibition in the Scottish Parliament Main Hall

Events and Exhibitions

A wide range of events take place at the Parliament, including MSP-sponsored occasions, constituency functions and State visits.

Garden Lobby

Explore Parliament

Browse through images or take a tour to discover the buildings that make up Scotland's Parliament

School pupils in the Debating Chamber


The Education Service works with young people, teachers and other educational groups interested in learning about the Parliament.


Gaelic service

Everyone in Scotland can become involved in the work of the Scottish Parliament, whatever language they use. Find out how!

April 2014 calendar date

Calendar of Events

Information about official meetings of the parliament, Cross-Party Group and Committee meetings, educational visits, exhibitions and events.

Entrance to Queensberry House


Read about the Parliament from the Middle Ages and our participation in the UK Parliament through to re-establishment in 1999.

Seating in the Scottish Parliament Debating Chamber

How the Parliament Works

Find out how MSPs are elected, how committees work and how the Scottish Parliament makes laws.

Three of the leaflets produced by Scottish Parliament Public Information

Information resources

We produce a range of free publications that explain how the Parliament works, what you can do as a visitor to Holyrood and how you can get involved.

Image of a carbon footprint.  Picture: Daniel Cooper/iStockphoto

Environment and Sustainability

Enric Miralles' plans for the Scottish Parliament made sustainability a central element of the design. Find out about the building's environmental features and read our environmental policy.