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The Scottish Parliament's 25th anniversary

Join us as we reflect on the difference the Parliament has made

A year of celebrations

The Scottish Parliament was reconvened in May 1999. The Scottish Parliament building was officially opened in 2004.

Join us in 2024 as we reflect on these milestones.

Through events, articles, videos and social media posts, we will be celebrating the difference the Scottish Parliament has made over the last 25 years.

More information will be added to this page as we go, so do check back soon.

Read about the history of the Parliament

25th Anniversary

Watch highlights from our first Opening Ceremony, which took place on 1 July 1999.

Celebrate with us

We are open six days a week to the public, and it's completely free to visit. We are a 5-star rated attraction, and our guided tours are very popular.

Find out more on our Visit page

There are many other ways besides voting to get involved in the Parliament's work. From petitions, to school visits, and lobbying, you can make your voice heard at Holyrood.

Find out more on our Get Involved page

The difference the Parliament makes

 Our 25th Anniversary

What difference does the Scottish Parliament make? We're looking back at some of the ways we've made a positive difference to the lives of people across Scotland. In this video, find out how our petitions system helped women affected by medical mesh.

The story of the Parliament mace

Michael Lloyd designed and created the Scottish Parliament's mace 25 years ago, in time for our first Opening Ceremony. We caught up with him to chat about his inspiration, and to reflect on the work.

Monday to Saturday

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Learn about one of the youngest parliaments in the world and explore Scotland’s fascinating political history in this year-round exhibition.

Monday to Saturday

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You can come in and view our art collection any time the building is open.

19 to 23 August 2024

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The annual festival brings together academics, writers, policymakers, business people and politicians to debate important issues in society.