• Scottish Parliament exterior view on a sunny day

    Free Guided Tours

    Did you know that you can take a guided tour of the award-winning Scottish Parliament building for free?

    Guided tours are usually available on Mondays, Fridays, Saturdays and every weekday when the Parliament is in recess. You can use one of our new forms to submit your booking request.

    Free Guided Tours


    Free Guided Tours

  • 135 Vectors by Salvador Juanpere

    Art and literature tours

    As well as free guided tours of the Parliament building, we also run special-interest tours.

    Artwork in photo: 135 Vectors by Salvador Juanpere

    Why not take an hour-long tour of our art collection

    Or join one of our new literature tours


    Art and literature tours

  • An image from the School Council resource

    Fun and Games!

    The interactive resources in our Education section include fun games like Snakes & Ladders and SP-ingo!.

    You can also learn about the Parliament by consulting the Quick Guide or test your knowledge by taking the Parliament Quiz.


    SP Juniors

    SPotlight on the Parliament


    Fun and Games!

  • 'Fields of Endeavour': Territory II by Maureen Hodge

    Art at the Parliament

    Did you know that you can see works by a diverse range of artists at the Scottish Parliament building?

    In the Art Collection section you can browse our collection by artist or artwork, and view a slideshow of the artworks on public display.

    (Pictured: 'Fields of Endeavour': Territory II by Maureen Hodge)

    Art Collection


    Art at the Parliament

Visit & Learn

Visitors in the Parliament

Visiting The Parliament

Scotland's Parliament sits at the foot of Edinburgh's famous Royal Mile in front of the spectacular Holyrood Park and Salisbury Crags.

Visitor looking at an exhibition in the main hall of the Scottish Parliament

Events and Exhibitions

A wide range of events take place at the Parliament, including MSP-sponsored occasions, constituency functions and State visits.

Garden Lobby

Explore Parliament

Browse through images or take a tour to discover the buildings that make up Scotland's Parliament

Entrance to Queensberry House


Read about the Parliament from the Middle Ages and our participation in the UK Parliament through to re-establishment in 1999.

April 2014 calendar date

Calendar of Events

Information about official meetings of the parliament, Cross-Party Group and Committee meetings, educational visits, exhibitions and events.

Young people at an Education event in the Parliament


The Education Service works with young people, teachers and other educational groups interested in learning about the Parliament.

Seating in the Scottish Parliament Debating Chamber

How the Parliament Works

Find out how MSPs are elected, how committees work and how the Scottish Parliament makes laws.

Three of the leaflets produced by Scottish Parliament Public Information

Leaflets and Guides

We produce a range of free publications that explain how the Parliament works, what you can do as a visitor to Holyrood and how you can get involved.

Image of a carbon footprint.  Picture: Daniel Cooper/iStockphoto

Environment and Sustainability

Enric Miralles' plans for the Scottish Parliament made sustainability a central element of the design. Find out about the building's environmental features and read our environmental policy.