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Constituents Visiting the UK Parliament

I am always pleased to arrange tours of the Houses of Parliament for constituents who are visiting London, subject to Parliamentary business and ongoing repairs to the main building, which can sometimes restrict public access on the day.

A full ‘line of route’ tour of the Palace of Westminster starts at the Sovereign’s Entrance, Norman Porch, Royal Gallery, Prince’s Chamber, the House of Lords Chamber, includes Central Lobby, Voting Lobby, Members’ Lobby, the House of Commons Chamber, and you can also see St Stephen’s Hall and Westminster Hall

Due to the high demand for these tours, it is best to get in touch with the office as soon as possible to check on availability and make arrangements; ideally up to 3 months before your planned visit to avoid disappointment.

During parliamentary sessions

  • Monday: 9.00am-12noon (full tour)
  • Tuesday and Wednesday: 9.00am-9.55am (full tour)
  • Tuesday and Wednesday: 10.00am-12noon (partial tour; House of Lords only)
  • Thursday: no tours
  • Sitting Fridays: 3.30pm-5.15pm (full tour)
  • Non-Sitting Fridays: 9.30am-5.15pm (full tour)

During parliamentary recesses

  • Summer recess: Monday morning 9.30am-12.30pm (except Bank Holidays)
  • Short November recess: 9.30am-5.15pm
  • All other recesses: Monday 9.30am-5.15pm (except Bank Holidays when an alternative day will be made available)

Christmas / New Year Closed from the rise of both Houses to after the New Year Holiday

Prorogation – There will be no tours during this period

  • August – Wednesdays 09.30 to 12 noon
  • September – Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursdays 09.30 to 12 noon

There are no tours on Saturdays, Sundays and Bank Holidays.

Please note that other closures may be announced at short notice due to Parliamentary business.

We can also arrange for groups of up to 16 people to climb the Clock Tower (Big Ben), however this must be booked at least 2 months in advance due to strong demand.

Please e-mail Kate Dove in my office on Kate.Dove@Parliament.uk for help planning your visit.

The Parliamentary Education Service also runs a year-round programme of visits and workshops for school groups from KS2 to KS5.

To get in touch with the Education Unit, call 020 7219 4496, or visit their website .

Separate arrangements including subsidised travel apply for organised official school visits from East Durham seeking educational tours of Parliament [click here] for more details on the excellent Parliamentary Education Unit. Please note conditions apply to travel subsidy.