The 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.
When the Scottish Parliament is in recess the opening hours stated below for Monday and Friday are also valid for Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday.
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.
(All dates are inclusive)
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)
Monday and Friday opening hours will apply on Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday when Parliament is in recess (excluding February recess and the Christmas period when the building will be closed to the public). See above for other recess dates
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.