UK visitors

UK residents can visit Parliament to watch laws being made, attend debates, watch committees, use the Archives, tour the estate and climb the Clock Tower (Big Ben).

Arrange a tour through your MP

Experience a 75 minute tour learning about the history of Parliament and exploring the Palace of Westminster, visiting both Houses of Parliament and discover Westminster Hall

Saturday and Summer Opening

On Saturdays and during the Summer Opening, UK residents and overseas visitors can buy tickets to tour Parliament

Climb Big Ben

UK residents can arrange a tour of the Clock Tower through their local MP or member of the House of Lords. Regretfully, such tours are not available to overseas visitors

Contemporary portraiture in Portcullis House

Specialist guided tours focusing on the art and architecture of Portcullis House are available on selected Fridays throughout 2012

Royalty and splendour in the House of Lords

Exclusive guided tours focusing on the art and decorative arts of the House of Lords are available on selected Friday evenings throughout 2012

Attend debates

Visit public galleries in either the House of Commons or the House of Lords and watch members question the government and debate current issues and legislation

Watch committees

A large part of the work of the House of Commons and the House of Lords happens in committees, made up by smaller groups of MPs or Lords

Question time

Find out how you can watch government ministers answer questions from members of the House on government policy and topical issues

Westminster Hall debates

The House of Commons also sits in an additional room just off Westminster Hall. Find out how you can watch the debates and what type of business takes place

Find Your MP

Website highlight

Explore the history, building and collections of Parliament and the impact of Parliament on everyday lives over the centuries

Related information

A number of simple security measures have been put into place for the safety of all our visitors. Please take note of them before and during your visit.

  • Searches, similar to those used in airports, will be conducted on entry.
  • Mobile phones must be turned off.
  • Cameras cannot be used, except in Westminster Hall.

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

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.

A limited number of wheelchairs are available if requested in advance. Call 0207 219 3003.