Houses of Parliament guided tours

Guided tour in Commons Chamber

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:

  • Westminster Hall*
  • Norman Porch*
  • Queen’s Robing Room
  • Royal Gallery
  • Prince’s Chamber
  • Lords Chamber
  • Moses Room*
  • Central Lobby*
  • Members’ Lobby
  • Aye Lobby*
  • Commons Chamber
  • St Stephen’s Hall*

*Designated seating areas

Tours are occasionally subject to variation or cancellation due to Parliamentary business.

Guided tours are offered on all tour days in English, French, German, Italian and Spanish, and on most tour days in Russian and Mandarin.

Guided tours in over 25 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 Easter, Summer, Conference and Christmas.

Tickets can now be booked for the following dates:

  • All Saturdays until 30 July 2016 
  • Weekdays 29 March to 8 April 2016 (except 4 April 2016)

Guided tours in English start every 15 to 20 minutes throughout the day between 9am and 4.15pm.

Guided tours in other languages start at set times during the day.

Individual prices and booking

  • Adults: £25 / £25.50**
  • Concessions (over 60s, students, members of the UK Armed Forces): £20 / £21**
  • Children (5-15 years): £10 / £11**
  • 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)

** Individual prices and group rates from 1 April 2016

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.

Please note that the Houses of Parliament Shop does not sell tour tickets.

Group rates and booking

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

  • Adults: £19 / £20**
  • Children (up to 15 years): £10 / £11**

** Individual prices and group rates from 1 April 2016

Group bookings can be made:

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

More information about booking for groups is available on the Groups and travel trade page.

Buy tickets before you visit

Buy tickets nowAlternatively, call +44 (0)20 7219 4114

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

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