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Summer Opening of Parliament 2002

The information below is taken directly from the Summer Opening page of the new Parliament website: http://www.parliament.uk/parliament/SummerOpeningInfo.Htm

Meanwhile, the usual Line of Route arrangements for tours by groups of constituents apply as follows:
     During August - Wednesday and Thursday mornings only
     During September - Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday mornings only
     From 2 October - every weekday morning
The details are set out in the Serjeant at Arms leaflet "Regulations for visitors" (020 7219 5555).  Click here for a recent clarification by the Serjeant at Arms Dept - sent out on 2 August.

The Houses of Parliament will open this summer from 3rd August to 28th September, with tours operating every few minutes from 9.15am to 4.30 pm. Visitors will be able to see the historic building, including the Chambers of both the House of Commons and the House of Lords.

To book tickets, contact Firstcall on 0870 906 3773 or www.firstcalltickets.com. From mid July onwards, tickets can also be bought from the ticket office at Parliament.

Adults 7.00
Concessions 3.50 (students, anyone over 60 or under 18)
Family ticket 16.00 (party of four, including two children under 16)

Admission is free for children 4yrs and under, and for those assisting disabled people.  There is a small surcharge for foreign language tours, as follows: adults 2.00; concessions 2.00; family tickets 8.00.

Tours last 75 minutes. Accompanied by expert Blue Badge Guides, they are wheelchair accessible, and available in English, French, Spanish, German and Italian.

Starting at the Sovereign's Entrance, the route includes:

Queen's Robing Room - Royal Gallery - Prince's Chamber - House of Lords Chamber - Peers' Lobby and Corridor - Central Lobby - Commons Corridor and "No" lobby - House of Commons Chamber - St Stephen's Hall - Westminster Hall - New Palace Yard.

There is a gift shop in Westminster Hall, together with the new Jubilee Visitor Cafe.

If you would like to find out more about the history of Parliament - both as a working democracy and as a historic building, you may like to download and print out some of our factsheets.

Please note that the building will be closed on Sundays, Bank Holidays, and some weekday mornings.

There are several ways you can visit Parliament at other times of the year:

And of course everyone is always welcome to visit the public galleries to watch debates in the House of Commons and the House of Lords, or to come and listen to a Select Committee hearing.

For media information, see Press Release page.


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