About the tour
We have a range of options for visiting the Parliament, designed for Scottish schools and targeted at different stages of the curriculum.
These visits can include:
- an activity
- a tour
- tickets to watch a debate
- a question and answer session with MSPs
We also offer digital education sessions if you can't visit in person.
Schools from elsewhere in the UK, or the rest of the world, are encouraged to take a regular tour (we do not have content tailored to non-Scottish curriculums).
Plan your visit
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
Days and times
Tuesdays to Thursdays