Attending Plenary

Published 01/09/2020   |   Last Updated 03/12/2020   |   Reading Time minutes

Please note that the Senedd Commission has agreed that, due to the risks from COVID-19, all of the Senedd Estate will remain closed to the public until after the election in May 2021 at the earliest. Any in-person opportunities described on this page may not all be available at present but we hope to be able to run them again shortly. Our online opportunities continue to be available.

Members of the public are welcome to sit in the public gallery and observe Plenary in the Siambr, which is the Senedd's debating chamber. Facilities are available for people with disabilities.

Plenary is the full meeting of all 60 Members of the Senedd, which takes place in the Siambr on Tuesday and Wednesday afternoons. Plenary begins at 1.30pm and finishes at 6pm although this can sometimes vary. There are normally 120 seats available in the public gallery, with 12 wheelchair spaces, and these can be booked up to three weeks in advance. Although it is advisable to pre-book seats to avoid disappointment, this is not always necessary and there may be seats available on the day - please enquire at the information desk in the Senedd reception. 

Seats will be held for 15 minutes after the meeting has started, and then released to people on the reserve list. If you are aware that you will be arriving late, please make this clear when you book so that the seats may be held until you arrive. You can find out what will be discussed in Plenary by viewing the Plenary agenda for that meeting. Copies will be available at the information desk. For further information and enquiries please contact us.

Previous Plenary sessions are recorded in the Senedd’s Record of Proceedings.

Booking seats

Public seats can be booked up to three weeks in advance and pre-booking is advisable to guarantee a seat: To book a seat:

Conduct in meetings

All electronic devices such as mobile phones, laptops and pagers must be switched to silent.

You may be excluded from Senedd proceedings if you act in a disorderly or disruptive manner or otherwise interfere with the Senedd’s proper conduct of its business.

Visiting members of the public must not:

  • be under the influence of alcohol or drugs;
  • cause offence to other visitors;
  • speak loudly or otherwise disrupt the meeting;
  • bring food or drink into the meeting;
  • use e-cigarettes during the meeting;
  • take photographs during the meeting.