Visiting Parliament

Parliament is open to the public through a variety of different programmes and events. Guided tours take visitors into both the Commons and Lords chambers and historic Westminster Hall. Visitors can also attend debates in both Houses and watch committee hearings.

Watch committees and debates

The House of Commons chamber in session

Visitors to Parliament can watch debates taking place in the House of Commons and House of Lords chambers or watch a committee hearing.

School Visits to Parliament

Education visits

Parliament's Education Service runs a year-round programme of school visits, which may include a question and answer session with the school's MP.

Visit the Parliamentary Archives

Visit the Parliamentary Archives

The Parliamentary Archives, which hold millions of records from both Houses and other historical material, are open to everyone by appointment for research purposes.

Shop Survey

Jubilee Gift Shop and Jubilee Café Survey

Tours Survey

Visiting and Tours Survey

Book tickets to visit the Houses of Parliament

The bookings phone line is open Monday to Saturday between 9am and 5pm GMT except:

  • 31 December, 9am to 2.30pm GMT
  • 1 January, closed

Houses of Parliament Shop

Houses of Parliament Shop

The Houses of Parliament Shop has a wide selection of beautiful and exclusive products inspired by different aspects of Parliament.

Security information

Big Ben

To ensure that Parliament remains a safe and accessible place for those who work within and visit Parliament, we have implemented a number of security measures. Please take note of them before and during your visit.

Explore Westminster Hall app

Westminster Hall app

Download the free Explore Westminster Hall app to meet Charles I, discover the hidden features of the Hall and see the famous roof as never before.