Overseas visitors

Overseas visitors can watch laws being made, attend debates and watch committees when Parliament is in session.They can visit the Archives on Mondays to Fridays and tour Parliament on Saturdays and during Summer Opening.

Attend a debate

You can watch laws being made and debates in both Houses by visiting the public galleries when Parliament is meeting.
Attend debates

Watch a committee

Public committee sessions are open to everyone, including the press. There are meetings Monday to Thursday most weeks when Parliament is sitting (meeting). Visitors queue on the day, places cannot be booked in advance.
Watch committees

Arrange a tour

Overseas visitors are welcome to tour Parliament on Saturdays and during the Summer Opening, when paid-for tickets are available. However, overseas visitors may still attend debates and committees throughout the year.

Saturday and Summer Opening pre-booked tickets are available to buy either, online through Ticketmaster (external website) or by phoning 0844 847 1672. Groups of 10+ should phone 0844 847 2498.  On the day tickets (subject to availability) may be purchased from the Ticket Office, next to the Jewel Tower by Abingdon Green. 

Visit the Parliamentary Archives

The Archives are open from Monday to Friday, 09.30 to 17.00. Proof of identity is required.
Visit the Parliamentary Archives


Virtual tours

Can't visit Parliament in person? Why not climb the Clock Tower, have a look around the Commons or visit the House of Lords library with this series of online tours.


Listen to our series of audio tours of Parliament. You can listen to them online, with an accompanying slideshow, or download them to listen to later.

Where do I go?

Lost in the wilds of Westminster? Find your bearings with our maps of the parliamentary estate and the surrounding area.

Living heritage

An insight into the political, social and cultural roles Parliament has played in the development of British society. Explore Parliament's history and its continuing significance in our lives today.

Website highlight

The building and its collections

Explore the history, architecture and cultural collections of Parliament