Opening Times

Public entrance to Parliament buildingThe Scottish Parliament will be closed to the public for the Christmas period from Saturday 24th December 2016 to Tuesday 3rd January 2017 (inclusive). The building will open on Wednesday 4th January 2017.


The Scottish Parliament is usually open to visitors Monday to Saturday. The exceptions are the Christmas period and February recess when the building will be closed to the public.

Monday, Friday, Saturday and on Public Holidays

10.00 to 5.00 (last entry 4.30)

Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday

09.00 to 6.30 (last entry 6.00)

When Parliament is in recess (excluding February recess and the Christmas period when the building will be closed to the public) the building will be open 10.00 to 5.00 (last entry 4.30) on Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday. Recess dates are below.

The Parliament has agreed the following parliamentary recess dates in 2016:

  • 8 to 23 October 2016 (inclusive)
  • 24 December 2016 to 8 January 2017 (inclusive)

The Parliament has agreed the following parliamentary recess dates in 2017:

  • 11 to 19 February 2017 (inclusive)
  • 1 to 16 April 2017 (inclusive)
  • 1 July to 3 September 2017 (inclusive)
  • 7 to 22 October 2017 (inclusive)
  • 23 December 2017 to 7 January 2018 (inclusive)

Accessibility

Contact Visitor Services

For information about visiting, tours and booking tickets for debates email visit@parliament.scot

0131 348 5200 or freephone 0800 092 7600

Shop

  • Exclusive gifts
  • Official Scottish Parliament Tartan
  • Scottish crafts 

Café

  • Informal Café atmosphere
  • Accessible facilities
  • Family-friendly

Alterations to Opening Times

Opening hours, guided tours, availability of exhibitions and access to certain parts of the building may be altered at short notice due to Parliamentary business.

Code of Conduct