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Guided tours

Take a guided tour of our award-winning building, which is the home of Scottish democracy.

About the tour

Explore the Scottish Parliament and discover more about our history, work and procedures.

On a guided tour, you can see the inner workings of the Parliament and learn about the architecture of our award-winning building.

The tour is suitable for visitors of all ages and free to attend. Our guided tours are very popular so we recommend booking in advance. 

Group bookings

Are you a group of 10 or more? If so please see our group visit page.

British Sign Language tour

Watch a BSL video about this tour

On Monday 19th December at 11.30am, a free BSL interpreted tour of the Scottish Parliament will be taking place. If you are a BSL user, you are very welcome to join the tour. As places are limited, you will need to reserve a place – to do this, please email the Visitor Services team at visit@parliament.scot or contact us by phone at 0800 092 7500, in which case you can use the Contact Scotland BSL service.

More information

Plan your visit

For opening times, parking information and more, go to our plan your visit page.

Don't forget to stop at our shop and café during your visit!

Visitor guidelines

If you are visiting the Parliament, there is a code of behaviour that you need to follow.

For all visits, please:

  • remember that this is a working Parliamentary building
  • obey all instructions from Parliamentary officials
  • keep all bags with you or place them in the baggage store or public lockers
  • do not smoke in the building
  • do not eat or drink, except in the restaurants
  • return your “Visitor” lanyard and pass, when leaving
  • collect any items retained by Security as you go out
  • note that the display of banners, flags or political slogans, including on clothing and accessories, is forbidden

For visits to see parliamentary business, please:

  • enter, sit in and leave the galleries quietly
  • switch any mobile devices to silent
  • do not cause a distraction or disrupt parliamentary business – for example, telephone calls must not be taken or made
  • do not applaud or shout out during meetings
  • do not take photos, videos or make any form of recording during parliamentary business
  • obtain prior permission to paint, sketch or draw
  • remain seated throughout the whole 45-minute session, if your ticket is for First Minister’s Question Time
  • only use social media discreetly and in complete silence

Accessibility info

The tour route is accessible by wheelchair, and we have wheelchairs available to borrow.

There is a portable hearing loop available for use during guided tours. This connects to hearing aids which have a 'T-Switch'.

More about accessibility

Location

Edinburgh, EH99 1SP

Days and times

Monday, Friday and Saturday:

- 10.30am
- 11.30am
- 2.30pm
- 3.30pm

Duration

45mins

Price

Free

Other tours

Monday to Saturday

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Don't have time to do a tour? Our 10 minute talks are a good alternative, and run throughout the day.

Monday to Saturday

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You can also explore the Parliament on your own and visit our permanent exhibition, any time the building is open.