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.

What does the tour cover?

The finest British artists of their day designed the wonderful frescoes, portraits, statues, thrones, fireplaces and furniture that are explored in a new tour.

The 75 minute long guided tours will run from 5.30pm during spring and summer and offer an exclusive experience after the doors close to the public.

The visit showcases the exquisite craftmanship of A.W.N. Pugin and Charles Barry and the artistry of William Dyce and Daniel Maclise amongst others.

The tour starts in Sovereign's Entrance and follows the Royal Processional Route through the House of Lords and finishes with a glass of champagne in one of the Palace's private rooms.

Times and availability

Visitors attending this tour should arrive at Black Rod's Garden entrance 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 5.30pm, 5.45pm and 6pm


Tickets for tours can be booked:

Ticket prices

  • Standard: £30.00

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).