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.
Airport style searches are in place at the Houses of Parliament for the safety of all our visitors.
The following items are not permitted on the parliamentary estate and will be confiscated:
- Sharp items e.g. knives (including Swiss army knives), scissors, cutlery and screwdrivers
- Paint spray
- Padlocks (all sizes)
- Items that make a noise (e.g. whistles)
- Political literature (including badges and t-shirts)*
If you require sharp items for medical reasons, please talk to a member of the security team as soon as you arrive to seek their advice.
Personal defence equipment is also not permitted and UK law prohibits the carrying of certain self-defence items which are lawful in other countries. Any visitor found in possession of such items e.g. flick knives, butterfly knives and personal defence sprays are liable to arrest.
Mobile phones must be switched off.
Photography is only permitted in Westminster Hall.
*might only be permitted in private meetings, not public areas.
Where possible, please restrict the size of bags/luggage. Large or bulky luggage may not be permitted or may delay your entry. Left luggage facilities are available nearby at Victoria and Charing Cross stations.