Free Visits and Guided Tours

During February recess, 8th to 16th inclusive, the building will be closed to the public.


All visits and guided tours of the Scottish Parliament are free of charge. 


Self-guided visit

Discover the visitor areas of the Scottish Parliament 6 days a week – Monday to Saturday. Spend as long as you like, a brief visit may take 30 minutes. No booking is required.


A Parliament for the People Exhibition

A Parliament for the People is a new exhibition which will introduce you to the role of the Scottish Parliament and give you the opportunity to explore Scotland’s fascinating parliamentary history.

Exterior of the Scottish Parliament building

Parliament Tour

Explore the Scottish Parliament further with our 1 hour general tour. Our guides will take you through the architecture of the award-winning Scottish Parliament building and the Parliament’s history and work. Advance booking is advised.


The Architecture Tour: Democracy by Design

Discover more about the inspiration behind the design of the building which led to the creation of an open, accessible and award-winning Parliament.


Art Tour: Discover the Art of Parliament

Discover the Scottish Parliament Art Collection in this 1 hour tour featuring some of its paintings, photographs, sculptures and installations. Advance booking is advised.


Photography Tour

Take the opportunity to explore the Scottish Parliament building by photographing some of its most striking architectural features and the surrounding natural environment.

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Tours Policy

Policies and procedures for requesting a guided tour and how we will use your data.

Filming and Photography

Audio and video recording routinely take place in the Scottish Parliament building and surrounding areas. Your image or voice may be captured while you are here.

Data Protection

We handle all personal information in line with Data Protection Law (GDPR from May 2018). Privacy Notices which provide more information are available from the Data Protection pages of this site. 

Opening Times


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

Contact Visitor Services

About visiting, booking tours and tickets for parliament sessions email [email protected]

 0131 348 5200 or freephone 0800092 7600  


  • Exclusive gifts
  • Official Scottish Parliament Tartan
  • Scottish crafts 


  • Informal Café atmosphere
  • Accessible facilities
  • Family friendly

Events & Exhibitions

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