Tactile Tours for blind and partially sighted visitors


UK residents who are blind or partially sighted can arrange a tactile tour of the Houses of Parliament.

These tours are offered free of charge.

The Tactile Tours follow a route covering Westminster Hall, Central Lobby and the chambers of both the House of Commons and House of Lords. 

Visitors have the opportunity to explore various tactile objects before the tour starts. This is where visitors can arrange to be met by our friendly staff to help them get a real feel and sense of the building and its history. There will also be opportunities to explore objects and furniture on the tour route itself.

Times and availability

Tours run between 10-12 times per year, usually late on Friday afternoon, and last approximately 120 minutes.

Visitors are recommended to arrive 60 minutes prior to the start of the tour to allow time to explore the tactile objects in Westminster Hall and to visit our facilities before the start of the tour.


Due to the limited numbers on these tours we are unable to guarantee space for all applicants. Booking requests should be made using the online form below. All applications will be entered into a ballot 3 weeks before each tour date and successful applicants will be contacted to confirm their booking request. Unfortunately, group booking requests are not accepted.

  • 17th October 2014 starting at 5pm
  • 5th December 2014 starting at 5pm
  • 27th March 2015 starting at 5pm

Please complete the online booking form to apply.


Jubilee Cafe, located next to Westminster Hall, offers a selection of refreshments, and hot and cold drinks.

There is a souvenir shop available and Parliament's Visitor Assistants will be happy to direct you there prior to the start of your tour.

Accessible toilets and public toilets are available at the nearby Westminster tube station. Within Parliament, accessible toilets are located off Westminster Hall and Central Lobby.

There are facilities available for the use of guide dogs while on the parliamentary estate.

Contact us

If you are having difficulty accessing our online booking form, please contact us on 020 7219 4496.  

Image credit: Model made by Jonathan Groves

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