Visual Impairment

Assistance dogs

Assistance dogs are welcome and water bowls are available from the Visitor Information Desk.



If you are booking a guided tour or tickets for a debate please inform Visitor Services if you will require assistance in the event of an evacuation.

Information resources

The exhibition includes a tactile model of the Debating Chamber showing where the Presiding Officer and the different parties normally sit.  Information leaflets on the Scottish Parliament are available in various formats including audio, large print and Braille. Information on temporary exhibitions is also available in large print from the Visitor Information Desk.


You can get to all parts of the building by lift. All lifts have spoken destination information and Braille labelling of controls.


You can find information and direction signs throughout the building. All main signs have Braille equivalents next to the text.


Stairs in the building have a handrail at each side, but some landings have no handrails.

There are

  • 61 steps (split by 5 landings) in the staircase from the Main Hall to the public gallery of the Debating Chamber
  • 9 steps in the staircase to the Garden Lobby  
  • 28 steps (split by 1 landing) in the staircase from the Garden Lobby to the Members’ Lobby.

Lifts are also available to access all areas of the building visitors may need to reach


Audio descriptive Parliament tours can be arranged for advanced bookings. For more information please contact Visitor Services.

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