Planning your visit

Parliament welcomes everyone to enjoy the Arts in Parliament programme. Find out how you can get involved and about access to Parliament, our facilities and simple security guidelines.

How can I attend?

The full programme of performances and exhibitions runs from June to September 2012.

Exhibition opening hours are Monday-Saturday 0930-1630.

All events are free to attend but due to limited space some require advance booking. Children under the age of 14 must be accompanied by a responsible adult.

Online booking forms are available for events which require a ticket:

Please note that you must be 16 or over to book a ticket online.


Please note: for all exhibitions and performances searches, similar to those used in airports, will be conducted upon entry. We advise allowing up to 30 minutes to gain access.

Please bring photographic identification. If you have been required to book a ticket please ensure you present this on your arrival.

To ensure that Parliament remains accessible to the public we have implemented some simple security guidelines. Please take note of them before and during your visit.

  • Searches, similar to those used in airports, will be conducted on entry.
  • Please bring photographic ID such as a passport, driving license or NUS card which may be checked upon arrival.
  • Mobile phones must be turned off.
  • Cameras cannot be used.

Getting here 

Parliament is located in Westminster, in the centre of London, and is served by all major forms of public transport.

All of the exhibitions and performances (except the Ceramic Flower Garden) will be held in Westminster Hall. To get to Westminster Hall you will need to use the visitors' entrance at Cromwell Green. Maps of the Houses of Parliament (PDF PDF 537 KB), including how to find Cromwell Green, and directions give information about public transport facilities and car parking in the area.

Please also see our pages on visiting during the Olympic and Paralympic Games if you plan to visit between 27 July and 12 August or between 29 August and 9 September.

The Ceramic Flower Garden can be viewed from street-level at Cromwell Green, or from the ramp at our visitors' entrance.

Disabled access

We welcome all visitors to Parliament and continue to work to improve accessibility. Find out how we can assist you with any special requirements you may have.

All of the performances, except for the National Theatre's New Views, will be standing. However, we can offer a number of seats for those who require them. Please let us know if you need a seat when you arrive and we will be happy to help.


There are a variety of facilities available to visitors to Parliament, including toilets, a cafe and a gift shop.


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