About the tour
Explore the Scottish Parliament and discover more about our history, work and procedures.
On a guided tour, you can see the inner workings of the Parliament and learn about the architecture of our award-winning building.
The tour is suitable for visitors of all ages and free to attend. Our guided tours are very popular so we recommend booking in advance.
Are you a group of 10 or more? If so please see our group visit page.
Plan your visit
If you are visiting the Parliament, there is a code of behaviour that you need to follow.
For all visits, please:
- remember that this is a working Parliamentary building
- obey all instructions from Parliamentary officials
- keep all bags with you or place them in the baggage store or public lockers
- do not smoke in the building
- do not eat or drink, except in the restaurants
- return your “Visitor” lanyard and pass, when leaving
- collect any items retained by Security as you go out
- note that the display of banners, flags or political slogans, including on clothing and accessories, is forbidden
For visits to see parliamentary business, please:
- enter, sit in and leave the galleries quietly
- switch any mobile devices to silent
- do not cause a distraction or disrupt parliamentary business – for example, telephone calls must not be taken or made
- do not applaud or shout out during meetings
- do not take photos, videos or make any form of recording during parliamentary business
- obtain prior permission to paint, sketch or draw
- remain seated throughout the whole 45-minute session, if your ticket is for First Minister’s Question Time
- only use social media discreetly and in complete silence
The tour route is accessible by wheelchair, and we have wheelchairs available to borrow.
There is a portable hearing loop available for use during guided tours. This connects to hearing aids which have a 'T-Switch'.
Days and times
Monday, Friday and Saturday: