Opening Times

In response to the COVID-19 pandemic, all visits to the Parliament have been suspended until further notice.

We apologise for any inconvenience that this may cause.

Find out more

Parliamentary recess dates in 2021

There is no February recess in 2021.

The Scottish General Election (Coronavirus) Act 2020, allows changes to the normal arrangements for elections. This means dissolution of the Parliament is now expected to take place on 5 May 2021, the day before the Scottish Parliament election on 6 May 2021.

The Parliament has agreed it will go into recess from 25 March until 4 May 2021.

Recess dates for Session 6 of the Parliament will be agreed after the election.



  • We have created two short videos to help you in your preparation for visiting the Scottish Parliament.

Contact Visitor Services

For information about visiting, tours and booking tickets for debates email [email protected]

0131 348 5200 or freephone 0800 092 7600


  • Exclusive gifts
  • Official Scottish Parliament Tartan
  • Scottish crafts 


  • Informal Café atmosphere
  • Accessible facilities
  • Family-friendly

Alterations to Opening Times

Opening hours, guided tours, availability of exhibitions and access to certain parts of the building may be altered at short notice due to Parliamentary business.

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