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Visit the Scottish Parliament

Opening Times

Monday, Friday and Saturday (including public holidays) –

  • 10am to 5pm (last entry 4.30pm)

Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday –

  • 9am to 6.30pm (last entry 6pm)

Please remember to follow our visitor behaviour policy

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


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.

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.

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.

Tours and more

Monday, Friday, Saturday

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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 Saturday

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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.

Monday, Friday, Saturday

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Groups larger than 9 can reserve tickets for a guided tour.

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

By road