Visiting The Parliament

On Saturday 7th March the Debating Chamber will be closed for an event. The Parliament Shop, Café and exhibition will be open as normal.


The Scottish Parliament welcomes visitors 6 days a week, Monday to Saturday.

All visits are free of charge. No booking is required to visit the public areas of the building. Advance booking is advised for guided tours and to attend debates and committee meetings. 



Debating Chamber

What You Can Do

A summary of what you can do when visiting The Scottish Parliament. Find out what there is to do on a particular day of the week or find out about guided tours and watching Parliament in action.

A guided tour

Visits & Tours

Discover the Scottish Parliament. Visitors are welcome to explore the public areas of the building 6 days a week or take one of our guided tours.

Members of the public view a meeting in the Debating Chamber

Tickets for Parliament Debates

How to book tickets to watch a meeting of Parliament in the Debating Chamber.

Committee Room

Tickets for Committee Meetings

Committees are where small groups of MSPs meet to consider and discuss legislative and other issues. Visitors can observe these meetings free of charge.

Public Gallery of Debating Chamber

Accessibility information for visitors

The Scottish Parliament has produced an access guide that aims to help disabled people who are visiting the Holyrood building.


Parliament Shop

The parliament’s gift shop has a great range of exclusive souvenir gifts, china, food and textiles. It is the only stockist of the Official Scottish Parliament Tartan which can be found on a range of products including silk and wool ties and scarves, text

Parliament Café

Parliament Café

The Cafe offers a wide selection of food, from cakes and shortbread (made at the Scottish Parliament) to soup, sandwiches, salads and hot lunches.

Public entrance of the Parliament

Opening Times

The Scottish Parliament is open to visitors Monday to Saturday. Opening times vary according to time of year and the sessions of Parliament.

MSP building and Queensberry House at night

How To Find Us

Directions to The Scottish Parliament building by road and public transport.

The Creche at the Scottish Parliament


The public crèche at the Scottish Parliament is the only facility of its kind in Europe and is considered by the Scottish Parliamentary Corporate Body to be an important part of creating an open and accessible Parliament

Fishers painting by John Bellany

Art Collection

Find out more about the Parliament's art collection

Presiding Officer

Visitor Code of Conduct

If you are visiting the Parliament to watch proceedings in the Chamber or at a committee meeting, there is a code of behaviour which you need to follow, by order of The Presiding Officer.

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. 

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  • 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

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