Free Visits and Guided Tours

All visits and guided tours of the Scottish Parliament are free of charge.

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Self-guided visit

Discover the visitor areas of the Scottish Parliament, including the Debating Chamber, 6 days a week – Monday to Saturday. Spend as long as you like, a brief visit may take 30 minutes. No booking is required.

Exterior of the Scottish Parliament building

Parliament Tour

Explore the Scottish Parliament further with our 1 hour general tour. Our guides will take you through the architecture of the award-winning Scottish Parliament building and the Parliament’s history and work. Advance booking is advised.

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The Architecture Tour: Democracy by Design

Discover more about the inspiration behind the design of the building which led to the creation of an open, accessible and award-winning Parliament. Part of The Year of Innovation, Architecture and Design 2016.

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Art Tour: Discover the Art of Parliament

Discover the Scottish Parliament Art Collection in this 1 hour tour featuring some of its paintings, photographs, sculptures and installations. Advance booking is advised.

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History Tour: Scotland's Stories at the Scottish Parliament

Woven together on this 1 hour storytelling tour are a series of specially selected events, legends and facts from Scotland’s history covering the 9th to the 21st century! Advance booking is advised.

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Literature Tour - Language and the Land

The Parliament’s links to Scottish writing and language are explored in this 1 hour tour – includes a visit to the book collection of former First Minister Donald Dewar. Advance booking is advised.

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Tours Policy

Policies and procedures for requesting a guided tour and how we will use your data.

Opening Times

Accessibility

Contact Visitor Services

About visiting, booking tours and tickets for parliament sessions email visit@parliament.scot

 0131 348 5200 or freephone 0800092 7600  

Shop

  • Exclusive gifts
  • Official Scottish Parliament Tartan
  • Scottish crafts 

Café

  • Informal Café atmosphere
  • Accessible facilities
  • Family friendly 

Events & Exhibitions

Code of Conduct