Family visits with children

Children

The Houses of Parliament is a fantastic place for a family day out in London with the children. Find out how to make the most of your visit.

What's On

Ever wondered where Guy Fawkes hid before he tried to blow up Parliament? Want to see the very spot where Charles I was tried and found guilty of treason? Would you like to know why the Queen is banned from the House of Commons, or why Black Rod has the Commons Chamber door slammed in his face?

Take an audio tour journey through the historic Houses of Parliament where these questions and many others will be answered. One of audio options is a family commentary in the style of a ‘live’ news broadcast with time travelling reporters!

Alternatively, book a guided tour. The family guided tours are designed for younger kids and the 'Blue Badge' guided tours are more suitable for teenagers.

Keep an eye on our news pages for the latest seasonal activities and events and details of children's afternoon tea. And don’t forget to look out for our Visitor Assistants dressed in dark blue and gold along the tour route. They will be happy to help and answer any questions during your visit.

Plan Your Visit

We are open for tours on Saturdays throughout the year and most weekdays during the school holidays when the Houses are not sitting. Some days can be subject to change due to special events so we recommend checking our website for updated details and information.

Bookings can made online or by calling our bookings team on +44 (0) 020 7219 4114. Alternatively, you can visit our Ticket Office at the front of Portcullis House on Victoria Embankment.

The Houses of Parliament are located in Westminster in the heart of London, and although there are many ways to travel, we strongly encourage you to come by public transport. Whichever route you choose, look out for the iconic Elizabeth Tower, otherwise known as Big Ben!

We want everyone to feel safe and secure so all visitors, pushchairs and bags go through an airport-style security check before entering the building. Please read the security information carefully. There are no cloakroom facilities so we recommend travelling light.

Useful Family Information

Parliament welcomes visitors from all over the world and we want everyone to get the best out of their visit. Our accessibility page includes a helpful video. Disabled visitors pay standard prices on all tours but carers go free with a ticket. We also provide a screen-based version of the audio tour available in British Sign Language for hearing-impaired visitors.

There are a range of on-site facilities on offer such as a café, gift shop and a baby-changing area. We are surrounded by some of the most beautiful parks and open spaces in London, such as the Victoria Tower Gardens and St James's Park, alongside some spectacular river views. Ideal for a picnic and for the kids to run around!

Photography and mobile phone use in Parliament is limited to certain areas. If you’re unsure about where you can take photos, please ask our Visitor Assistants for information and help.

For more information about school visits and to download some excellent videos and other online resources for children, please see the Education Service webpages.

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Buy tickets before you visit

Buy ticket onlineAlternatively, call +44 (0)20 7219 4114, Monday to Saturday between 9am and 5pm.

Big Ben and the Elizabeth Tower guide book

This book tells the story of the iconic tower, Great Clock and bell which became known as 'Big Ben'. Contains over 130 images and illustrations.