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Visits to the Parliament

School visits run from Monday to Friday.

Tuesday to Thursday visits include a chance to watch debates happening in the Chamber. Thursday visits include First Minister’s Questions (FMQs). Your local MSPs may also be able to meet your school group for a question-and-answer session.

We do not offer travel expenses.

Standard visit on Tuesday or Wednesday 

The morning slot includes:

  • an education session
  • a tour of the building
  • a stop to see the Debating Chamber

The afternoon slot includes:

  • an education session
  • the opportunity to sit in the Debating Chamber and observe parliamentary business taking place

Please note, the content of questions or debates during Chamber business may be distressing and not suitable for primary level pupils. We will advise when business is announced if the content or topic is unsuitable for your group.

FMQs visit on Thursday 

A visit on a Thursday includes:

  • an education session
  • watching the full 45-minute session on FMQs in the Debating Chamber

FMQs sessions are recommended for National 5 and Higher Modern Studies, and other certificated politics-based courses. Requests from these groups will be prioritised. Other year groups can still apply.

Standard visit on a Monday or Friday

There’s no parliamentary business on these days, but a visit will still include:

  • an education session
  • tour of the building
  • a stop to see the Debating Chamber

You can also book a regular visitor tour on these days. These are designed for the general public rather than schools. 

Bookings now open!

Bookings for September to December are now open.  Please note that we are fully booked for Visits to the Scottish Parliament until the end June 2024.  Digital sessions are still available to book

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