The Scottish Parliament

The Scottish Parliament
Horse Wynd
Edinburgh
EH99 1SP
Scotland

Website

www.scottish.parliament.uk/

E-mail

sp.info@scottish.parliament.uk

Telephone

0131 348 5000

0800 092 7500

All information is drawn from or provided by the venues themselves and every effort is made to ensure it is correct. Please remember to double check opening hours with the venue concerned before making a special visit.
The Main Hall of the Scottish Parliament

The Scottish Parliament is the law-making body in Scotland for devolved matters (such as health and education). It also scrutinises the work of the Scottish Government. It is made up of 129 Members of the Scottish Parliament (MSPs).

You can visit the Scottish Parliament Holyrood building at the foot of Edinburgh’s Royal Mile.

Venue Type:

Gallery, Heritage site

Opening hours

The Scottish Parliament is open to visitors Monday to Saturday.

Opening hours are subject to alteration according to the demands of parliamentary business and events.

Monday, Friday, Saturday and public holidays
10.00 to 17.00 (last entry 16.30)

Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday
09.00 to 18.30 (last entry 18.00) during business periods

When Parliament is in recess (excluding February recess and the Christmas period when the building will be closed to the public) the building will be open 10.00 to 17.00 (last entry 16.30) on Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday. Recess dates are below.

Recess dates as agreed by the Parliament are as follows:

29 June – 1 September 2013
12 – 27 October 2013
21 December 2013 – 5 January 2014
8 February - 16 February 2014
5 April - 20 April 2014
28 June - 3 August 2014
23 August - 21 September 2014
11 - 26 October 2014
20 December 2014 - 4 January 2015

(All dates are inclusive. Recess is a period when the Parliament doesn't normally meet.)


Sunday
Closed

Admission charges

The Scottish Parliament is free of charge to visit. You are welcome to enter the building without the need to book in advance and explore the public areas at your leisure. This includes the Debating Chamber (free ticket required when the Parliament is in session), the shop, café and exhibition. There are maps and information leaflets available to assist with your visit. Please note that all visiting arrangements are subject to change due to parliamentary business and events.

Free guided tours provide a greater insight into the workings of the Parliament. To experience the work of Parliament you can arrange free tickets for a seat to attend committee meetings or debates in the Debating Chamber.

Exhibition details are listed below, you may need to scroll down to see them all.
Great Depression panel of the Great Tapestry of Scotland

The Great Tapestry of Scotland Exhibition

  • 1 July — 13 September 2014 *on now

The exceptionally popular Great Tapestry of Scotland exhibition returns to the Scottish Parliament. The project was the brainchild of esteemed Scottish writer Alexander McCall Smith, artist Andrew Crummy and historical writer Alistair Moffat, and involved nearly 1000 volunteer stitchers to create the beautiful 143 metre long tapestry. Featuring 168 textile works of art, the exhibition tells the story of Scotland’s history from a unique perspective. From the Calanais standing stones to The Corries, Robert Burns to Ronnie Corbett, and Macbeth to Maw Broon, the tapestry depicts Scotland’s amazing history, science, culture, industry and politics over the centuries.

Suitable for

  • Any age

Website

http://www.scottish.parliament.uk/visitandlearn/74240.aspx

n Alistair Moffat, Presiding Officer Tricia Marwick, Andrew Crummy and Alexander McCall Smith.

Great Tapestry of Scotland: People's Panel

  • 21 July — 13 September 2014 *on now

The People’s Panel was designed by Great Tapestry of Scotland artist Andrew Crummy and is a colourful commemoration of the Scottish Parliament building. It will hang in the Scottish Parliament as a part of our permanent art collection once complete.

Experienced volunteer stitchers will be on hand to guide those with no or limited experience of stitching and will operate on a first come, first served basis.

The opportunity to stitch the Panel will be available during the times and dates below. Please note that the People's Panel will be unavailable on Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday on the weeks beginning the 4th, 11th and 18th August due to Parliament being in session.

Please note the Parliament is closed on a Sunday.

Times and dates the People's Panel is available to be stitched in the Sir Alexander Fleming Room (CR3) (dates and times of availability may be subject to change):

Dates Times

21st - 25th July 10:00-16:30
26th July 13:00-16:30
29th - 31st July 10:00-16:30

Please note that the People's Panel will be unavailable on Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday on the weeks beginning the 4th, 11th and 18th August due to Parliament being in session.

Dates Times

1st August 10:00-16:30
4th, 8th August 10:00-16:30
9th August 10:00-13:00
15th-16th August 10:00-13:00
18th August 10:00-16:30
19th August 13:00-16:30
22nd-23rd August 10:00-16:30
25th-30th August 10:00-16:30

Dates Times

1st-6th September 10:00-16:30
8th-12th September 10:00-16:30
13th September 10:00-16:30

Suitable for

  • Any age

Website

http://www.scottish.parliament.uk/visitandlearn/79043.aspx

Events details are listed below. You may need to scroll down or click on headers to see them all. For events that don't have a specific date see the 'Resources' tab above.
The North sea oil and Aberdeen panel of the Great Tapestry of Scotland.

Great Tapestry of Scotland: free events

  • 21 August 2014 6:30-7:30pm *on now
  • 10 September 2014 6:30-7:30pm

The minds behind the Great Tapestry of Scotland, those who designed and stitched these sequences of Scottish history, reveal the story of its creation. From the Tapestry’s grand plan to its production, the people who made it happen discuss the Tapestry.

Wednesday 6 August - 6.30pm – 7.30pm
The minds behind the Great Tapestry of Scotland, those who designed and stitched these sequences of Scottish history, reveal the story of its creation. From the Tapestry’s grand plan to its production, the people who made it happen discuss the Tapestry.

Great Tapestry of Scotland Talk with Andrew Crummy
Thursday 21 August - 6.30pm – 7.30pm
How do you illustrate the Gaelic Resurgence, or the First Reform Act? Andrew Crummy, the artist behind the Great Tapestry of Scotland talks about the processes and creative collaborations in the making of this epic community artwork.

Great Tapestry of Scotland Exhibition Talk with Dorie Wilkie
Wednesday 10 September - 6.30pm – 7.30pm
Stitch Coordinator Dorie Wilkie, who marshalled over 1,000 stitchers across Scotland, talks about how she gave the Great Tapestry of Scotland its intricate and colourful texture. Hear her tales of laughter, pricked fingers and how vodka became essential to the tapestry’s production.

Suitable for

  • Any age
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