Welcome to the Scottish Parliament

  • Great Tapestry of Scotland panel showing a horse and other animals

    Visit the Great Tapestry at Holyrood

    The Great Tapestry of Scotland exhibition is currently on display in the Main Hall.  Featuring 168 textile works of art, the exhibition tells the story of Scotland’s history from a unique perspective. 

    You can also stitch your way into history by contributing to the "People's Panel". 

    Great Tapestry of Scotland


    Visit the Great Tapestry at Holyrood

  • Ladysmith Black Mambazo in concert at Ravinia

    Culture Summit programme announced

    Members of the public can apply for a rare opportunity to see Ladysmith Black Mambazo perform at the Scottish Parliament as part of a summit exploring how cultural policy is developed. This is just one of the highlights of the 2nd Edinburgh International Culture Summit which is taking place from 10 to 12 August.

    Read news release with full programme details.


    Culture Summit programme announced

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    Festival of Politics programme launched

    The festival that puts people at the centre of politics has launched this year's exciting programme, looking at ‘What next for Scotland?’

    Find out more: news release

    Watch a short video summary on YouTube

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    Festival of Politics programme launched

  • Exterior view of the Scottish Parliament building on a sunny day

    Parliament in recess

    The Scottish Parliament is in recess until 3 August.

    During recess there will be no committee meetings or debates held in the Chamber, but the Parliament building will remain open to visitors.

    The next parliamentary business takes place on Tuesday 5 August.

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    Parliament in recess


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Front exterior view of the Scottish Parliament building

Visiting the Parliament

Planning a visit to Holyrood?  Our Visiting the Parliament section includes opening times, details on guided tours and how to find us, and other useful information.

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Our education section has games, help with coursework, posters for the walls of classrooms and lots more.

The Debating Chamber from the back

MSP pages

Every MSP's page contains details of their recent speeches, motions, questions and voting records.

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Happy to Translate

The Scottish Parliament is taking part in Happy to Translate.

This national language initiative will enhance our existing services for non-English speakers and promote equal access for people living in Scotland.