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Self-guided visits

Our building is open to all visitors, six days a week.

About self-guided visits

You are welcome to visit the building any time it’s open, from Monday to Saturday. There’s no need to book in advance. 

The building will be closed to visitors on 1st February 2023.

On a self-guided visit, you can:

A self-guided visit is suitable for all ages and free to attend. You can pick up a visitor map from the Main Hall when you arrive, or download a map ahead of your visit.

A BSL map is also available.

BSL logo

For families, we also have our Family Trail activity book, which contains a map of the grounds outside the building, along with learning activities. It's designed to be printed out and written on, or pick up a copy from the Main Hall when you arrive.

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


Edinburgh, EH99 1SP

Days and times

Monday to Saturday:

10am to 5pm (last entry 4.30pm)


We suggest 1 to 2 hours.



Other options

Monday to Friday

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Our short 10 minute talks run throughout the day.

Monday to Saturday during recess

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Individuals can book up to 9 tickets to join one of our scheduled guided tours. Find them here.