Free Visits and Guided Tours

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

Due to an event the Debating Chamber will be closed until 2pm on Friday 26 October.

During the Festival of Politics, 10th to 13th October, access to the Debating Chamber will be restricted.

Christmas period: The Scottish Parliament will be closed to visitors from Saturday 22nd December until Wednesday 2nd January. It will reopen on Thursday 3rd January.

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Self-guided visit

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

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A Parliament for the People Exhibition

A Parliament for the People is a new exhibition which will introduce you to the role of the Scottish Parliament and give you the opportunity to explore Scotland’s fascinating parliamentary history.

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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.

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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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Photography Tour

Take the opportunity to explore the Scottish Parliament building by photographing some of its most striking architectural features and the surrounding natural environment.

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Tours Policy

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

Filming and Photography

Audio and video recording routinely take place in the Scottish Parliament building and surrounding areas. Your image or voice may be captured while you are here.

Data Protection

We handle all personal information in line with Data Protection Law (GDPR from May 2018). Privacy Notices which provide more information are available from the Data Protection pages of this site. 

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

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