About self-guided visits
You are welcome to visit the building any time it’s open, from Monday to Saturday. There’s no need to book in advance.
Please note, the building will be closed to visitors from Friday 23rd December 2022 until Sunday 8th January 2023.
On a self-guided visit, you can:
- explore any public areas including the Main Hall
- view pieces from the art collection
- see our permanent exhibition A Parliament for the People
- join one of our 10 minute talks
- grab something to eat or drink in the Café
- browse the Shop
A self-guided visit is suitable for all ages and free to attend. You can pick up a visitor map from the Main Hall when you arrive, or download a map ahead of your visit.
A BSL map is also available.
For families, we also have our Family Trail activity book, which contains a map of the grounds outside the building, along with learning activities. It's designed to be printed out and written on, or pick up a copy from the Main Hall when you arrive.
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
Monday to Saturday:
10am to 5pm (last entry 4.30pm)