Visiting The Parliament

Debating Chamber

What You Can Do

A summary of what you can do when visiting The Scottish Parliament. Find out what there is to do on a particular day of the week or find out about guided tours and watching Parliament in action.

A guided tour


One hour guided tours of The Scottish Parliament are free of charge. They usually include a visit to the Debating Chamber, Garden Lobby and a Committee Room.

Debating Chamber from behind

Tickets for Parliament Debates

How to book tickets to watch a meeting of Parliament in the Debating Chamber.

Committee Room

Tickets for Committee Meetings

Committees are where small groups of MSPs meet to consider and discuss legislative and other issues. Visitors can observe these meetings free of charge.

Public Gallery of Debating Chamber

Accessibility information for visitors

The Scottish Parliament has produced an access guide that aims to help disabled people who are visiting the Holyrood building.

Parliament Shop View

Parliament Shop

The Parliament Shop in the Main Hall stocks a great variety of exclusive souvenirs and Scottish gifts.

Parliament Café

Parliament Café

The Cafe offers a wide selection of food, from cakes and shortbread (made at the Scottish Parliament) to soup, sandwiches, salads and hot lunches.

Public entrance of the Parliament

Opening Hours

The Scottish Parliament is open to visitors Monday to Saturday. Opening times vary according to time of year and the sessions of Parliament.

MSP building and Queensberry House at night

How To Find Us

Directions to The Scottish Parliament building by road and public transport.

The Creche at the Scottish Parliament


The public crèche at the Scottish Parliament is the only facility of its kind in Europe and is considered by the Scottish Parliamentary Corporate Body to be an important part of creating an open and accessible Parliament

Fishers painting by John Bellany

Art Collection

Find out more about the Parliament's art collection

Presiding Officer

Visitor Code of Conduct

If you are visiting the Parliament to watch proceedings in the Chamber or at a committee meeting, there is a code of behaviour which you need to follow, by order of The Presiding Officer.

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)

Official Guidebook

Guide Book

A guidebook is available to enhance your visit.

Special offer! When you book a tour online and indicate that you would like to purchase a guidebook you will receive one voucher for a 10% discount in the shop and one voucher for 2 for 1 hot drinks in the café. The guidebook costs £5 and can be paid for when you arrive for your tour. You will receive the vouchers when you purchase the guidebook on arrival.

Please select the check box on the online tour request form where it asks "would you like to purchase a copy of the official guidebook?" to take advantage of this special offer.