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Visit the Scottish Parliament

Opening Times

We are currently in recess, so our public opening times are:

Monday to Friday, 10am to 5pm (last entry 4.30pm)

The Scottish Parliament at Holyrood is the home of Scottish democracy. We are open throughout the year and offer free guided tours and talks, and on certain days, the opportunity to watch Parliamentary business taking place. We also have an exhibition, a café and gift shop.

Tours and more

Monday to Friday

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Discover more about the history behind the Scottish Parliament and learn about the architecture of the award-winning Parliament building. Book ahead to avoid disappointment!

Monday to Friday

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You are welcome to visit the building any time it’s open. You do not need to book. You can explore any public areas, including our free exhibition.

Debates

First Minister's Questions

Thursday at 12:00 45mins


Every Thursday at midday, the First Minister answers questions from MSPs. This session is open for the public to attend – and it's free. Booking in advance required (not happening during recess)


All meetings in the Debating Chamber are open to the public. You are welcome to either walk in on the day of your visit, or book ahead. Tickets are free. No meetings during recess.


Committees have specific topics and meet regularly to hear from various people. These meetings are open to the public. You can either book tickets ahead of time or watch a meeting on the day of your visit. Meetings are free to attend. No meetings during recess.

How to find us

Please try to arrive 20 minutes prior to event to allow time to pass through security at the Scottish Parliament.

By bus

Visitors can use the Lothian Buses service numbers 35 (nearest is outside our building on the Royal Mile).

Several open top tour buses make regular stops here, too.

By train

The Parliament building is a 15-minute walk from Edinburgh Waverley train station. Information about train services to and from Edinburgh is available from National Rail.

By road

Our postcode is EH99 1SP. The nearest car parks are St John's Hill or on New Street, next to Waverley Station.

Follow us on Instagram and tag #visitparliament

Here's an angle you may not have seen before – this was taken from the top of the MSP block, facing east. Next to us is our neighbour, #HolyroodPalace
We're absolutely buzzing to share this with you! 🐝

Our latest podcast episode is all about the bees that we keep here at the Parliament, and the bee
We might be in recess, but we haven't taken our eye off the ball!

Summer is here 😎 And it's great to see visitors of the two-legged and four-legged