Welcome to the Scottish Parliament

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    Election 2016 >>
    videos and FAQs

    Our election pages contain:

    • animations explaining how and why to vote in the Scottish Parliamentary election
    • election FAQs
    • information on previous MSPs and committees
    • much more!

    Election 2016


    Election 2016 >>
    videos and FAQs

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    World Press Photo to return to Holyrood

    A free exhibition featuring the best examples of photojournalism from across the globe is to go on display this summer.

    The exhibition will run from Wednesday 29 June to Saturday 23 July.

    Find out more

    Photo: © Rohan Kelly - Storm Front on Bondi Beach


    World Press Photo to return to Holyrood

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    Innovation, architecture and design tours

    Book now to join special free tours which celebrate the innovation, architecture and design of the Scottish Parliament building.

    A limited number of spaces are still available to book for tours taking place on Friday 29th April and Monday 2nd May.

    Book now


    Innovation, architecture and design tours

  • Screen grabs of the Parliament domain name change. Image credit: SPCB.

    coming soon

    Our online identity is changing - following the election in May the Scottish Parliament's website address will become:


    Scottish Parliament email addresses will also adopt the new suffix @parliament.scot at the same time.

    There will be a period of dual running so that both the new domain and our existing addresses will continue to work.


    coming soon

Act of the Scottish Parliament receives Royal Assent

Royal Assent received

Burial and Cremation (Scotland) Act 2016 (asp 20), Bankruptcy (Scotland) Act 2016 (asp 21), and Abusive Behaviour and Sexual Harm (Scotland) Act (asp 22) all received Royal Assent on 28th April 2016.

Photograph of the visitor entrance at the front of the Scottish Parliament building taken on a sunny morning in Edinburgh

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 and lots more.

Education Programmes

Our education programmes are run for schools, colleges and other educational groups.

Educational Resources

Download resources for individual or classroom use.

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Parliament on Twitter

Follow us on Twitter for the latest updates on business and events at the Scottish Parliament.