Contemporary portraiture in Portcullis House

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

What does the tour cover?

This is a rare opportunity to view Portcullis House, the only new building commissioned by Parliament since the Palace of Westminster in the 19th century. It was designed by leading British architect Michael Hopkins and officially opened by Her Majesty the Queen in February 2001.

Portcullis House is the home of the House of Commons contemporary portrait collection. This unique collection of art records leading Parliamentarians in paintings, works on paper and photographs. The collection reflects a diversity of styles and approaches by leading UK based artists working over the last 50 years. All the works were commissioned or acquired by the Works of Art Committee.

The tours take about 75 minutes and include a visit to the first floor Committee Corridor of Portcullis House.

Times and availability

Visitors attending this tour should arrive at the Victoria Embankment entrance of Portcullis House and allow 15 minutes before the tour begins to allow time to pass through security.

Tours are available 16 and 30 March, 25 May, 29 June and 20 July at 9.45am, 11.30am, 2.15pm and 4pm


Tickets for tours can be booked:

Ticket prices

  •  Standard: £15.00
  • Groups (10+): £12.00

Security information

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

Related information

Find your bearings with our maps of the parliamentary estate and the surrounding area.

Tour information

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

Please note that tours can be cancelled at any time if Parliament has to meet, eg, due to an emergency.

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

Saturday and Summer Opening

Tours of Parliament are available to all on Saturdays throughout the year and during the Summer Opening period. Tickets can be purchased in advance or on the day itself (subject to availability).