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Visitors who tour Parliament will see the focal points of the building, such as the Commons and Lords debating chambers, the Queen's Robing Room and historic Westminster Hall. 


UK residents can tour throughout the year; overseas visitors may only tour on Saturdays and during the Summer Opening. Accompanied by a trained guide, visitors will see the main areas of the Houses of Parliament which are open to the public. Tours take about 75 minutes.

UK residents and overseas visitors may still attend debates and committees throughout the year.

UK residents

Free guided tours are available throughout the year by requesting a place through your MP or a member of the House of Lords. Please note that tours are very popular and places are limited so generally have to be booked about six months in advance.

Alternatively, visitors can pay for a tour on Saturdays and during the Summer Opening. Tickets can be purchased in advance through Ticketmaster (external site) or by queuing on the day.

Overseas visitors

Overseas visitors can only tour Parliament on Saturdays and during the Summer Opening when paid-for tickets can be purchased. However, overseas visitors may still attend debates and committees whenever Parliament is in session. 


Please note that tours are not recommended for young children as there is a lot of walking. Pushchairs are allowed, but larger models will not fit in certain areas.

Foreign languages

We regret that we are unable to offer tours in foreign languages except on Saturdays and during the Summer Opening.


Bags or luggage larger than those permitted in aircraft cabins may be refused entry. Parliament has no facilities for leaving items; commercial outlets are available nearby at Victoria and Charing Cross stations.


The tours last around 75 minutes. It is advisable to leave time to visit the facilities prior to your tour. Accessible public toilets are also available at the nearby Westminster tube station. Within Parliament disabled toilets are located off Westminster Hall and Central Lobby.

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Saturday and Summer Opening

On Saturdays and during the Summer Opening, UK residents and overseas visitors can buy tickets in advance or queue on the day to tour Parliament. Tours start every 15 mins and last approximately 75 mins

Saturday: 9.15am – 4.30pm (full tour)
Summer Opening: 29th July to 3rd September and 19th September to 1st October 2011 

Tour times available when booked through an MP or member of the House of Lords

Tours start every 5 minutes and last approximately 75 minutes.

Tour times in session
Monday and Tuesday: 9am-12noon (full tour)
Wednesday: 9am-9.32am (full tour) and 9.36am-12noon (partial tour of Lords only)
Thursday: no tours
Friday: 3.30pm-5pm (full tour) 

Non-sitting days and recesses
Non-sitting Fridays 9.30am-5pm
Christmas / New Year Closed
Easter and Spring Weekdays 9.30am-5pm
Whitsun Recess Weekdays 9.30am-5pm 

Summer recess
August - Wednesdays 9.30am-12noon
September - Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursdays 9.30am-12noon

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