Free Visits and Guided Tours

Building closed on 5 May 2016 until 11.15

The building will be closed to the public until 11.15am on Thursday 5 May for staff training

Building closed on 23 May 2016 until 10.30

The building will be closed to the public until 10.30am on Monday 23 May for staff training

The Scottish Parliament is in dissolution from Thursday 24 March 2016, which means there are no MSPs and no parliamentary business will take place until after the election on Thursday 5 May 2016. For further information, please see our Election 2016 page.

You are, however, welcome to visit the Scottish Parliament building and explore the visitor areas of the building in a self-guided visit or join one of our guided tours. For details on visiting the Scottish Parliament, please see information below.

All visits and guided tours of the Scottish Parliament are free of charge.


Self-guided visit

Discover the visitor areas of the Scottish Parliament, including the Debating Chamber, 6 days a week – Monday to Saturday. Spend as long as you like, a brief visit may take 30 minutes. No booking is required.

Exterior of the Scottish Parliament building

Parliament Tour

Explore the Scottish Parliament further with our 1 hour general tour. Our guides will take you through the architecture of the award-winning Scottish Parliament building and the Parliament’s history and work. Advance booking is advised.


Building a Parliament Tour

Discover more about the inspiration behind the design of the building which led to the creation of an open, accessible and award-winning Parliament. Part of The Year of Innovation, Architecture and Design 2016 and available one weekend only!


Art Tour: Discover the Art of Parliament

Discover the Scottish Parliament Art Collection in this 1 hour tour featuring some of its paintings, photographs, sculptures and installations. Advance booking is advised.


History Tour: Scotland's Stories at the Scottish Parliament

Woven together on this 1 hour storytelling tour are a series of specially selected events, legends and facts from Scotland’s history covering the 9th to the 21st century! Advance booking is advised.

Burns quote on Canongate Wall

Literature Tour - Language and the Land

The Parliament’s links to Scottish writing and language are explored in this 1 hour tour – includes a visit to the book collection of former First Minister Donald Dewar. Advance booking is advised.

PC keyboard

Tours Policy

Policies and procedures for requesting a guided tour and how we will use your data.

Opening Times


Contact Visitor Services

About visiting, booking tours and tickets for parliament sessions email

 0131 348 5200 or freephone 0800092 7600  


  • Exclusive gifts
  • Official Scottish Parliament Tartan
  • Scottish crafts 


  • Informal Café atmosphere
  • Accessible facilities
  • Family friendly 

Events & Exhibitions

Code of Conduct