What You Can Do

Parliament building at night

The Scottish Parliament is open to visitors Monday to Saturday and is free of charge to visit. You are welcome to enter the building without the need to book in advance and explore the public areas at your leisure.

There are free maps and information leaflets available to assist with your visit. 

Please note that all visiting arrangements are subject to change due to parliamentary business and events. 

Free guided tours provide a greater insight into the workings of the parliament. To experience the work of parliament you can arrange free tickets for a seat to attend committee meetings or debates in the Debating Chamber

When the Parliament is in recess there will be no Committee meetings or debates in the Debating Chamber.

What day would you like to visit?

Please be aware that as we are a working Parliament there are some differences in what you can do depending on which day you visit. If you are not sure what you would like to do or are planning to visit on a particular day you can find out what you can do each day below.  

Monday, Friday, Saturday and Public Holidays

Parliament does not normally sit on Monday and Friday so it is not possible to attend a debate or committee meeting on these days. If the Monday or Friday that you are visiting is a public holiday then visiting arrangements are the same as a Saturday. On Monday and Friday you can: 

Opening hours for Monday, Friday, Saturday and on Public Holidays

10.00am to 5.00pm (last entry 4.30pm)

Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday 

This applies when Parliament is sitting. For Tuesday to Thursday when Parliament is in recess (see dates above) available activities and opening hours are the same as Monday and Friday. Public guided tours do not operate when Parliament is sitting. On Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday you can:

Opening hours for Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday

9.00am to 6.30pm (last entry 6.00pm) 

Opening hours for Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday are the same as Monday and Friday when Parliament is in recess. Please check nearer the time for the December and February recess dates as opening hours could be altered at this time.


  • We have created two short videos to help you in your preparation for visiting the Scottish Parliament.

Access to building subject to demands of Parliamentary business

Opening hours, guided tours, availability of exhibitions and access to certain parts of the building may be altered at short notice due to Parliamentary business

Security Information

Police HatAll visitors are required to proceed through security screening on entering the building. This may add time to your visit, depending on the volume of visitors

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