Parliament Tour


One-hour building tour. Advance booking is advised.

On this general tour through the Scottish Parliament building, our guides provide information on the architecture of the award-winning Scottish Parliament building as well as the history and work of the Scottish Parliament. Suitable for visitors of all ages.

During July and August the Debating Chamber will be closed to all visitors and tour groups while maintenance takes place. Guided tours will still operate at this time but without access to the Debating Chamber.  

Public access to the Scottish Parliament building otherwise remains as usual – why not visit our new, free exhibition “A Parliament for the People”, the Parliament’s Café and our Parliament Shop?

Please submit your request to us via the booking request form below. We will check availability for the number of spaces requested on the date in question and process your booking as soon as possible. There may be limited availability for requests submitted at short-notice.

Once your booking has been finalised you will receive a confirmation email from us. Please wait for this email before making further arrangements to visit the Scottish Parliament.

Booking Request Form

Opening Times


Contact Visitor Services

About visiting, booking tours and tickets for parliament sessions email

0131 348 5200 or freephone 0800 092 7600 

Booking Periods

March to end of May: please contact Visitor Services from the first Tuesday in December; 

June to end of August: please contact Visitor Services from the first Tuesday in March

September to end of November: please contact Visitor Services from the first Tuesday in June

December to end of February: please contact Visitor Services from the first Tuesday in September


Headsets in  several languages (suitable for adults) are available to accompany the tour conducted in English. Please refer to the languages available in the Booking Request Form.

Code of Conduct

Scottish Parliament Guidebook

Guide Book

A guidebook is available to enhance your visit.

Special offer! When you book a tour online and indicate that you would like to purchase a guidebook you will receive one voucher for a 10% discount in the shop and one voucher for 2 for 1 hot drinks in the café. The guidebook costs £5 and can be paid for when you arrive for your tour. You will receive the vouchers when you purchase the guidebook on arrival.

Please select the check box on the online tour request form where it asks "would you like to purchase a copy of the official guidebook?" to take advantage of this special offer.