Houses of Parliament guided tours


Fully guided tours of the Houses of Parliament offer a unique combination of one thousand years of history, modern day politics, and stunning art and architecture.

What does the guided tour cover?

An expert 'Blue Badge' guide accompanies you throughout this 90 minute tour through the House of Lords and House of Commons.

Tour highlights include:

*Designated seating areas

Tours are occasionally subject to variation or cancellation due to the State Opening of Parliament and other Parliamentary business.

Guided tours are offered on all tour days in English, French, German, Italian, Spanish and Russian (also in Mandarin from 31 March 2015)

Guided tours in other languages can be arranged for groups on request.

Afternoon tea in the Terrace Pavilion overlooking the River Thames is a popular add-on to the tours.


Tours are available to visitors from the UK and overseas on Saturdays throughout the year and on most weekdays during Parliamentary recesses including Christmas, Easter and the summer.

Tickets can now be booked for the following dates:

  • All Saturdays until 25 July 2015 (except 21 March 2015)
  • Tuesday to Friday between 13 and 20 February 2015
  • Monday to Friday between 31 March and 6 May 2015 (except 3, 6, 30 April and 4 May 2015)

All admissions are on a timed ticket basis between 9am and 4.15pm (except Monday to Friday between 13 April and 6 May 2015, 12.40pm to 4.30pm). 

Guided tours in English start every 15 to 20 minutes throughout the day.

Guided tours in other languages start at the following times:

  • French 10am, 12.20pm and 3pm
  • German 10.20am, 12.40pm and 3.20pm
  • Italian 10.40pm, 1pm and 3.40pm
  • Spanish 11am, 1.20pm and 4pm
  • Russian 1.40pm and 4.15pm
  • Mandarin 1.40pm and 4.15pm (from 31 March 2015)

Except Monday to Friday between 13 April and 6 May 2015:

  • French and German 1pm and 3.20pm
  • Russian and Mandarin 1.40pm and 4pm
  • Italian and Spanish 2.20pm and 4.30pm   

Individual prices and booking

  • Adults: £25
  • Concessions (over 60s, students, members of the UK Armed Forces): £20
  • Children (5-15 years): £10
  • Children (under 5): Free, but will require a ticket for admission
  • Disabled visitors: Standard prices as listed above (escorts have free entry but will require a ticket for admission)

ID may be requested for students and UK Armed Forces concessions.

This tour is not recommended for young children due to the length of the tour and the amount of walking.

Individual bookings can be made:

  • Online
  • By calling +44 (0)20 7219 4114

Tickets can also be purchased in person in advance or on the day(subject to availability) from the Ticket Office located at the front of Portcullis House on Victoria Embankment (post code SW1A 2LW, marked 5 on the map).

The Ticket Office is open on Monday to Friday 10am to 4pm, Saturday 8.45am to 4.45pm.

Group rates and booking

Group rates are available for groups of 10 or more if booked in advance.

  • Adults: £19
  • Children (up to 15 years): £10

Group bookings can be made:

  • Online (for groups of up to 25 people)
  • By calling +44 (0)20 7219 4114

Buy tickets to visit

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

The Palace of Westminster guide book

This beautifully illustrated guide book is a highly readable account of one of the world’s most famous buildings and home to the UK 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.