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Guided tours

Take a guided tour of our award-winning building, which is the home of Scottish democracy.

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.

Temporary change

Due to essential work to improve our broadcasting equipment in the Debating Chamber, public tours taking place from Monday 4 July to Saturday 30 July (all tours), and on Tuesday 16 August (2pm only), will have no access to our Debating Chamber and the public gallery will also be closed. The tours will still go ahead, and we will look to include additional new tour stops during this time that do not normally feature on our guided tours, to add to the enjoyment of your visit.

Group bookings

Are you a group of 10 or more? If so please see our group visit page.

More information

Plan your visit

For opening times, parking information and more, go to our plan your visit page.

Don't forget to stop at our shop and café during your visit!

Visitor guidelines

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

Accessibility info

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'.

More about accessibility

Location

Edinburgh, EH99 1SP

Days and times

During recess, tours happen from Monday to Saturday at these times:

- 10.30am
- 2pm
- 3.30pm

Duration

45mins

Price

Free

Other tours

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Don't have time to do a tour? Our 10 minute talks are a good alternative, and run throughout the day.

Monday to Friday

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You can also explore the Parliament on your own and visit our permanent exhibition, any time the building is open.