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:


  • 7 February – 15 February 2015
  • 4 April – 19 April 2015
  • 27 June – 30 August 2015
  • 10 October – 25 October 2015
  • 19 December 2015 ­– 4 January 2016

(All dates are inclusive)

Days when the Office of the Clerk is open

When the Office of the Clerk is open, these days are defined as ‘counting days’ for example, in determining timeframes for answers to be given to written parliamentary questions, the minimum time between stages of Bills, the lodging of amendments to Bills and in relation to the management of Members’ and Committee Bills. Motions, amendments and questions may be lodged and Bills introduced on days when the Office of the Clerk is open.

Dates when the Office of the Clerk is closed, as agreed by the Parliament, are as follows:

Between 5 January 2015 and 5 January 2016, the Office of the Clerk will be open on all days except—

Saturdays and Sundays, 3 and 6 April 2015, 4 May 2015, 22 May and 25 May 2015, 27 November 2015, 24 December (pm), 25 and 28 December 2015, 1 and 4 January 2016.

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
  • Shop, café 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

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.