Tours of Parliament

Constituents can book a free tour of Parliament

Parliament Tours

A free tour of Parliament can be booked through your MP’s office. If you are interested, please send an email to Steve Pound at:, giving your full name and address and stating how many places you require.

Tour Information

Tours must be booked in advance with bookings open up to six months ahead. Demand is high so early bookings and flexibility regarding dates and times are an advantage.

Tours along the Visitor Route are either Full Tours, which include both chambers, or Partial Tours, which include either the House of Lords or the House of Commons. All tours include Westminster Hall, St Stephen’s and Central Lobby.

Standard tour pattern (subject to business of the House) is as follows:

Tours begin in Westminster Hall and run every 5 minutes

Sitting Days

Monday : 9am-12pm Full Tour

Tuesday : 9am-9.55 am Full Tour, 10am-12pm House of Lords Tour only

Wednesday : 9am – 9.55am Full Tour, 10am – 12pm House of Lords Tour only

Thursday : No Tours

Sitting Friday : 3.30pm – 5.15pm Full Tour

Non Sitting Days & Recesses

Summer recess (once both Houses have risen) : Monday 9.30am – 12.30pm (except Bank Holidays)
Short November recess : 9.30am – 5.00pm
All other Recess : Mondays 9.30am – 5.00pm (except Bank Holidays where tours will move to Tuesdays )
More information for staff and members taking groups around during recesses.
There are no Members’ tours on Saturdays, Sundays, Bank Holidays or on the day of the Lord Chancellor’s Breakfast (for 2015 this will be Thursday 1 October). There are commercial tours available on Saturdays and during recesses, details of which can be found at:

Further closures may be announced at short notice due to Parliamentary business.

Elizabeth Tower tours (Big Ben)

Although there are no more visits to Queen Elizabeth Tower (Big Ben) for next three years because of extensive refurbishment works, constituents can arrange a Parliamentary tour and schools can book an educational visit and tour through the Education Service.

Education Service

Last year we welcomed 79,855 students from 2,264 schools to Parliament via our education programmes and 34,304 students on Members’ Tours. Our Education Outreach team also engaged with over 59, 1 77 students in schools across the UK.

Between September 20 1 5 and August 2016 our constituency participated in the following ways:

• 219 visitors from 8 schools visited Parliament on a Members’ Sponsored Tour

• 162 constituents in 26 non-school group(s) visited Parliament on a Members’ Sponsored Tour

• 41 constituents visited Parliament for an Elizabeth Tower Tour

• 487 students from 9 schools participated in our Education Visits Programme:

• St John Fisher Catholic Primary School

• Oldfield Primary School

• Mandeville School

• North Ealing Primary School

• Stanhope Primary School

• Gifford Primary School

• Hobbayne Primary School

• Coston Primary School

• Brentside High School