The Scottish Parliament

Historic Buildings & Homes

Horse Wynd / Canongate, Edinburgh, City Of Edinburgh, EH99 1SP

    Visit the home of the Scottish Parliament, in the heart of the Old Town World Heritage Site.

    Free to visit.  Tours, Shop and Parliament Cafe.

    Visit the debating chamber and see parliament in action (usually Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursdays) or enjoy a guided tour of the building (Mondays, Fridays and Saturdays).  During recess dates, tours are usually available Monday - Saturday, but visitors should contact us to check before arriving.

     Entry to the Parliament and Guided Tours are free.

    Tours last approx one hour and include aspects of the parliament's architecture and design, how parliament works and some of the art collection.  The Scottish Parliament is usually open to visitors Monday to Saturday.

    The exception is during the February recess and the Christmas period when the building will be closed to the public.  If you are planning to visit at this time it is advisable to contact us to check the dates.

    (The images used on this page are courtesy of The Scottish Parliament - © Scottish Parliamentary Corporate Body 2005).


    Opening Times
    Open All Year
    2016 Opening Times
    3 Jan 2016 - 8 Feb 2016

    The Scottish Parliament is usually open Monday to Saturday. The exception is during our February recess and the Christmas and New Year periods when the building will be closed. If you are planning to visit at this time it is advisable to contact us.


    • Cafe / Restaurant available on site
    • Shop
    • Vegetarian Food Available


    • Public Toilet Facilities

    Leisure Facilities

    • Garden
    • Gift Shop

    Special Requirements

    • Groups Welcome
    • School Groups Welcome


    • Baby Changing Facilities Available
    • Children Welcome
    • Highchair Available


    • ASVA Member
    • Audio Loop
    • Disabled Access
    • No Smoking Permitted


    • City Centre


    • Cycle Rack
    • Disabled Parking
    • On Public Transport Route
    • Public Parking Nearby

    Transport within Scotland

    For public transport information to visit here from within Scotland, enter your postcode and visit date below.

    Journey Planner

    Access to Public Areas (Displays, exhibits, rides etc)

    • Level access (i.e. no steps or thresholds) or access by a ramp or lift to :
      • a public toilet
      • a public toilet suitable for visitors who use a wheelchair
      • the gift shop
      • the information point
      • the ticket issuing point


    • Seating available throughout the attraction at appropriate intervals, for visitors with limited mobility
    • Routes / pathways throughout the attraction suitable for visitors with limited mobility
      • all routes
    • Wheelchairs provided
      • These are freely available
    • There is a visual alarm system
    • Clear signage throughout the attraction (e.g. colour contrasted, large lettering, use of pictograms etc.)
    • Tactile routes for visitors with visual impairments
      • only in some places
    • Lighting effective throughout the attraction for visually impaired visitors e.g. pools of light and dark areas are avoided
    • Where appropriate there is a hearing loop system [e.g. ticket counter/ gift shop]
    • There is an audible alarm system


    • There is a drop-off point for guests immediately outside the main entrance

    Ticket / Information / Gift Shop [where applicable]

    • Information available in alternative formats
      • Audio
      • Braille
      • Large print (at least 14 point)

    Cafeteria / Restaurant

    • Level access (i.e. no steps or thresholds) or access by a ramp or lift to the :
      • cafeteria
    • Catering staff provide meals for guests with special dietary requirements


    • There is a lift


    • Staff who have contact with visitors have disability awareness training
    • Staff have specialised disability knowledge or skills (e.g. sign language)

    This information is self-assessed; therefore we accept no liability for its accuracy. Please contact the venue for further information.


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