The Scottish Parliament

The Scottish Parliament
Horse Wynd
EH99 1SP




0131 348 5000

0800 092 7500

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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.)


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


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

Great Tapestry of Scotland: People's Panel

  • 21 — 25 July 2014 *on now
  • 26 July 2014 1-4:30pm
  • 29 July — 1 August 2014
  • 4 August 2014 10am-4:30pm
  • 8 August 2014 10am-4:30pm
  • 9 August 2014 10am-1pm
  • 15 — 16 August 2014 10am-1pm
  • 18 August 2014 10am-4:30pm
  • 19 August 2014 1-4:30pm
  • 22 — 23 August 2014 10am-4:30pm
  • 25 — 30 August 2014
  • 1 — 6 September 2014
  • 8 — 13 September 2014

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.

Suitable for

  • Any age


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.
Festival of Politics 2014

Festival of Politics

  • 15 — 17 August 2014

The Festival of Politics 2014 offers informed opinion and balanced debate from experts and academics as they tackle the key issues of the Referendum. Now in its 10th year, the Festival of Politics will take place at the Scottish Parliament from Friday 15 August to Sunday 17 August.

Suitable for

  • Any age


•The full ticket price is indicated under each event title. The concession ticket price is shown next to the full price.
•Concessions are available to children aged 5 to 16, people aged 60 and over, students, unemployed people and disabled people.
•A carer accompanying a disabled person is admitted free of charge.