The Scottish Parliament welcomes visitors 6 days a week, Monday to Saturday.
All visits are free of charge. No booking is required to visit the public areas of the building. Advance booking is advised for guided tours and to attend debates and committee meetings.
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.
A summary of what you can do when visiting The Scottish Parliament. Find out what there is to do on a particular day of the week or find out about guided tours and watching Parliament in action.
Discover the Scottish Parliament. Visitors are welcome to explore the public areas of the building 6 days a week or take one of our guided tours.
How to book tickets to watch a meeting of Parliament in the Debating Chamber.
Committees are where small groups of MSPs meet to consider and discuss legislative and other issues. Visitors can observe these meetings free of charge.
The Scottish Parliament has produced an access guide that aims to help disabled people who are visiting the Holyrood building.
The parliament’s gift shop has a great range of exclusive souvenir gifts, china, food and textiles. It is the only stockist of the Official Scottish Parliament Tartan which can be found on a range of products including silk and wool ties and scarves, text
The Cafe offers a wide selection of food, from cakes and shortbread (made at the Scottish Parliament) to soup, sandwiches, salads and hot lunches.
The Scottish Parliament is open to visitors Monday to Saturday. Opening times vary according to time of year and the sessions of Parliament.
Directions to The Scottish Parliament building by road and public transport.
The public crèche at the Scottish Parliament is the only facility of its kind in Europe and is considered by the Scottish Parliamentary Corporate Body to be an important part of creating an open and accessible Parliament
Find out more about the Parliament's art collection
If you are visiting the Parliament to watch proceedings in the Chamber or at a committee meeting, there is a code of behaviour which you need to follow, by order of The Presiding Officer.
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.
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.
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