Public invited to take part in opening of Parliament


Members of the public are invited to be part of the events marking the opening of the Fourth Session of the Scottish Parliament on 1 July. Eight pairs of tickets are available, one for each of the parliamentary regions of Scotland.

Tickets are available for the public gallery of the Debating Chamber, where Her Majesty The Queen will address the newly elected members of the Scottish Parliament and invited guests.

Following the departure of The Queen, a riding of the Royal Mile will take place, marking the centuries-old Scots tradition of Parliament and people working in public partnership. The Session Four Riding will involve around 1,500 people selected to highlight achievements across every constituency and region of Scotland. The procession will advance through the Old Town to Holyrood.

In the afternoon, the Scottish Parliament will open its doors to guests and members of the public with an Open Day, free tours and musical performances to showcase young Scottish talent.

There are a limited number of tickets available to the public for this event, which is open to everyone across the eight Parliamentary regions of Scotland . There are several ways to apply for tickets. You can write to the Parliament at:

Opening of the Parliament
Visitor Services
The Scottish Parliament
EH99 1SP

Or apply for tickets by phoning the Visitor Services Team on 0131 348 5200; by emailing; or by texting 07786209888 and starting the message with Session 4.

Members of the public may apply for up to two tickets. They must supply the following information for each person who wishes to attend:

  • Title (Mr, Mrs, Ms, Miss, Dr, etc.)
  • First name and any middle names
  • Surname
  • Previous name (if applicable)
  • Address with postcode
  • Telephone number
  • Date of birth

Ticket applications must reach the Parliament no later than Wednesday 8 June. Tickets will be allocated by a random draw . Successful applicants will be notified by Friday 17 June at the latest and will be given detailed instructions on the arrangements for the event.

Free transportation will be provided for those travelling from the regions. Further details of this arrangement will be available on receipt of the tickets.

For public information enquiries, contact: 0131 348 5000 or 0800 092 7500

Members of the media should contact:
Sally Coyne: 0131 348 6265 RNID TypeTalk calls welcome

For public information enquiries, contact :
Telephone: 0800 092 7500
Textphone users can contact us on 0800 092 7100. We also welcome calls using the Text Relay service.

Text message: 07786 209888


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