Opening Times

Monday to Saturday

10:00 to 17:00 (last entry 16:30)

The building and the café will be open earlier and close later when Parliament is sitting.

During February recess, 8th to 16th inclusive, the building will be closed to the public. The Parliament Shop will be closed on Friday 7th February at 2pm and re-open on Monday 17th February at 1pm

Over the Christmas period and February recess the building will be closed to the public.



The Parliament has agreed the following parliamentary recess dates in 2020:

  • 8 to 16 February 2020 (inclusive)
  • 4 to 19 April 2020 (inclusive)
  • 27 June to 30 August 2020 (inclusive)
  • 10 to 25 October 2020 (inclusive)
  • 24 December 2020 to 8 January 2021 (inclusive)


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

Contact Visitor Services

For information about visiting, tours and booking tickets for debates email [email protected]

0131 348 5200 or freephone 0800 092 7600


  • Exclusive gifts
  • Official Scottish Parliament Tartan
  • Scottish crafts 


  • Informal Café atmosphere
  • Accessible facilities
  • Family-friendly

Alterations to Opening Times

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.

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