Free Visits and Guided Tours

In 2016 February recess will take place between Sunday 14th and Sunday 21st February (inclusive) and during this period the Scottish Parliament building will be closed to the public.

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


Self-guided visit

Discover the public areas of the Scottish Parliament 6 days a week – Monday to Saturday

Exterior of the Scottish Parliament building

Parliament Tour

On this general tour through the Scottish Parliament building guides provide information on the history, work and procedures of the Scottish Parliament and on the architecture of the award winning Scottish Parliament building. Advance booking is advised.


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

The tour travels through the building and along a time line from the 9th to the 21st century. Specially selected events, facts and legends from Scotland’s history are woven together as a series of linked stories. Advance booking is advised.

Burns quote on Canongate Wall

Literature Tour - Language and the Land

Explore the building from a different perspective and see its links with literature. The tour includes a visit to the Dewar Room which houses the unique collection belonging to Donald Dewar. Advance booking is advised.

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Tours Policy

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

Booking periods

Booking periods for guided tours open as follows:

For the period start of March to end of May bookings open on the first Tuesday in December

For the period start of June to end of August bookings open on the first Tuesday in March

For the period start of September to end of November bookings open on the first Tuesday in June

For the period start of December to end of February bookings open on the first Tuesday in September

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


Visitor Comments

This is what some of our visitors have said about the guided tours:

"Wonderful! The guide brought the building to life."

"Guide was excellent, really enjoyed the tour."

"That was really terrific, thoroughly enjoyed it!!"

"Wonderful tour, really enjoyed it, learnt a lot."

"Much more interesting than expected."

"Amazing that Scottish Parliament is so open. Spectacular  tour."