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Visit the Scottish Parliament

Planning your visit


All visits to the Parliament have been suspended until further notice.

Because of the Covid-19 pandemic, the Scottish Parliament building is currently closed to the public.

This includes: 

  • the Parliament Shop
  • the Parliament Café  
  • the crèche

All tours, exhibitions and cross-party group meetings are cancelled. A limited number of events have returned.

All debates and committee meetings are streamed live and can also be watched later on Scottish Parliament TV.

How to get to Parliament

The Scottish Parliament building is located in the Holyrood area of central Edinburgh at the foot of the Royal Mile, on Horse Wynd, opposite the Palace of Holyroodhouse. 

Getting to Holyrood by bus

Visitors can use the Lothian Buses service numbers 35 (nearest stop Canongate).

There are also several open top tour buses which make regular stops at the Parliament. 

There are a number of other bus routes a short walking distance away. You can find details of all local bus services from Traveline Scotland.

Getting to Holyrood by train

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

Getting to Holyrood by road

Our postcode is EH99 1SP.

The nearest car parks are St John’s Hill or adjacent to Waverley Station, via New Street.

Disabled person's parking 

A small number of public parking spaces are reserved for disabled people on Horse Wynd. These parking bays are for visitors to the Holyrood area in general, not just for visitors to the Parliament. These parking bays are owned and managed by the City of Edinburgh Council and can be used by all blue badge holders. There is, therefore, no guarantee that a space will be available. You may wish to contact the City of Edinburgh Council for further information about these spaces. 

Parking for people with a disabled person’s parking permit is permitted on single yellow lines and these are available near to the Parliament building. 

Pick up and drop off points for visitors with mobility access needs

If you require to be dropped off or collected when visiting the Scottish Parliament you can use the turning circle at Dynamic Earth. It may be possible to use the parking bays on Horse Wynd as a drop off and pick up point, but waiting in the bays is not permitted and the usage of the bays for this purpose is subject to their availability. Please contact the City of Edinburgh Council for further information about these spaces. 

Coach drop off and pick ups

Coach drivers must use the turning circle in front of Our Dynamic Earth on Holyrood Road for drop off and pick up of passengers. Coaches may stop here for up to 15 minutes. This is the only facility for coaches to drop off and pick up passengers.

Coach parking is available at Regent Road. It is a short walk to the Parliament's public entrance from Our Dynamic Earth. Visitors should turn right as they come out of the turning circle and use the walkway through the landscaped area to reach the public entrance on Horse Wynd.

Getting to Holyrood by cycle

The nearest public cycle racks are located next to the Holyrood Lodge house building on Horse Wynd. 

There are also bikes for hire across Edinburgh, A hire station is located at Dynamic Earth, close to the Parliament. 

Parliament Shop

Because of the Covid-19 pandemic the shop is currently closed.

 

Parliament Café

Because of the Covid-19 pandemic the Parliament Café is currently closed.

 

Crèche

Because of the Covid-19 pandemic the crèche is currently closed. We’ll review the crèche service when normal visiting to the building can resume safely.

Further Information

Email: [email protected]