Opening Hours

Public entrance to Parliament buildingThe Scottish Parliament is usually open to visitors Monday to Saturday.

The exception is February recess and the Christmas period when the building will be closed to the public. The exact dates will be posted on this page nearer the time. If you are planning to visit at this time it is advisable to contact us to check the dates.

Monday, Friday, Saturday and on Public Holidays

10.00 to 5.00 (last entry 4.30)

Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday

09.00 to 6.30 (last entry 6.00)

When Parliament is in recess (excluding February recess and the Christmas period when the building will be closed to the public) the building will be open 10.00 to 5.00 (last entry 4.30) on Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday. Recess dates are below.

Recess Dates as agreed by the Parliament are as follows:


  • 29 June – 1 September 2013
  • 12 – 27 October 2013
  • 21 December 2013 – 5 January 2014
  • 8 February - 16 February 2014
  • 5 April - 20 April 2014
  • 28 June - 3 August 2014
  • 23 August - 21 September 2014
  • 11 - 26 October 2014
  • 20 December 2014 - 4 January 2015

(All dates are inclusive)


Visit Parliament

  • No booking is necessary to visit the building, however you should adhere to the Parliament's Code of Conduct
  • Open Monday to Saturday
  • Free entry
  • Visit all the public areas without a guided tour
  • Visit the public gallery of the Debating Chamber
  • Shopcafé and exhibition
  • Guided tour booking not necessary to visit the public areas. If you do wish to join a guided tour it is advisable to book in advance. The guided tour pages have further information.
  • To book tickets for Parliamentary business, there is further information on the Parliament Debates and Committee Meetings pages


Contact Visitor Services

For information about visiting, tours and booking tickets for debates email

0131 348 5200 or freephone 0800 092 7600 (Textphone users: 0800 092 7100)

Alterations to Opening Hours

Opening hours, guided tours, availability of exhibitions and access to certain parts of the building may be altered at short notice due to Parliamentary business.