Arrange a tour through your MP

Member’s tours are available to UK residents free of charge and must be sponsored by a Member of Parliament (MP) or a Member of the House of Lords.

Times and availability

Tours start every 5 minutes and last approximately 75 minutes.

Tours start at the following times:

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
15th, 22nd and 29th August (9.30am – 12.00pm)
24th and 25th September (9.30am – 12.30pm and 2.00pm – 5.00pm)                                                                                                                                1st and 2nd October (9.30am – 12.30pm and 2.00pm – 5.00pm)
Members sponsored tours are not available on Saturdays.

About Parliament: Recess dates


UK residents should contact their local MP or a Member of the House of Lords whom they know to arrange a tour. There is no charge for tours booked in this way.

Tours must be booked in advance with bookings open up to six months ahead. Demand is high so early booking and flexibility regarding dates and times is an advantage.


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.


A number of simple security measures have been put in 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

Further details on the security arrangements can be obtained from the Access and security page of the website.

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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: once the dates have been confirmed they will be available to view on the following page: