Tours of the Houses of Parliament

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Owing to the Coronvirus Pandemic, all ‘in-person’ tours of the Houses of Parliament are suspended until further notice. 

Virtual Tours

Democratic Access Tours

Gallery Tickets

School Visits


Virtual Tours

You can book on to a 45-minute virtual tour, with time to ask questions of the presenter.  It will take place online and you can find further details here: https://ukparliament.seetickets.com/tour/guided-online-tour-of-the-palace-of-westminster

You can also view a 360° virtual tour of Parliament here: https://www.parliament.uk/visiting/virtualtour/

Information for members of the public wishing to visit Parliament can be found here: https://www.parliament.uk/visiting/

Democratic Access Tours (formerly known as Members’ Tours)

Tours of Parliament take 75 minutes, are free of charge and open to UK residents only.  You can find details, including start times of tours, here: https://intranet.parliament.uk/access-buildings/exhibitions-tours/parliamentary-tours/

UK residents wishing to book a tour can do so by contacting their MP’s office and should be booked well in advance, several weeks in advance if possible, as they fill up very quickly.  Find your MP here: https://members.parliament.uk/FindYourMP

  • If a group comprises over 25 guests, a second sponsoring MP is needed.  It might be worth establishing a reciprocal relationship with another friendly office to make this easier each time.

    Tours begin at Cromwell Green (by St Stephen’s Entrance). and take around 75 minutes.

It is strictly forbidden to offer Democratic Access tours of the Visitor Route of Parliament, the Elizabeth Tower or Big Ben as raffle or auction prizes and anyone attempting to do so may be investigated for a breach of the rules by the Parliamentary Commissioner for Standards.

Members of Parliament and full passholders may choose to conduct private tours, with a maximum group size of six.  However, these may cause congestion on the tour route, so it is better to book your guests onto the official tours.

More information on bringing visitors to Parliament and escorting guests along the visitor route can be found here: https://intranet.parliament.uk/access-buildings/access/bringing-visitors-to-parliament/

You can find the full script for the Palace of Westminster Visitor Route Tour here: https://intranet.parliament.uk/Documents/Parliamentary%20Tour%20Script%202017.pdf

or a shorter summary here: https://intranet.parliament.uk/PageFiles/27013/Tour%20Script/Tour%20Script%20Page%20Summaries%20-%20Numbers%20Corrected.pdf

Gallery Tickets

Please see our separate guide here: https://w4mp.org/w4mp/w4mp-guides/guides-to-parliament/how-to-arrange-gallery-tickets/

School Visits

Please see our separate guide here: https://w4mp.org/w4mp/w4mp-guides/guides-to-parliament/how-to-organise-a-school-visit-to-westminster/