Security information

To ensure that Parliament remains accessible to the public we have implemented some simple security guidelines, 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.

  • Personal defence equipment is not permitted. UK law prohibits the carrying of certain self-defence items lawful in other countries. Persons in possession of such items, eg, flick knives, butterfly knives, and personal defence sprays, are liable to arrest and confiscation of these items. You are advised not to bring bladed items of any kind into Parliament.

  • 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.

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.

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