Contemporary portraiture in Portcullis House tours

Portrait of Tony-Benn

UK residents and overseas visitors can book tickets for specialist fully guided tours focusing on the architecture and the contemporary portraiture collection inside Portcullis House.

What does the tour cover?

This is an opportunity to see inside Portcullis House, the only new building commissioned by Parliament since the Palace of Westminster in the 19th century. It was designed by leading British architect Michael Hopkins and officially opened by Her Majesty the Queen in February 2001.

Portcullis House is the home of the House of Commons contemporary portrait collection. This unique collection of art records leading Parliamentarians in paintings, works on paper and photographs. The collection reflects a diversity of styles and approaches by UK based artists over the last 50 years. All the works were commissioned or acquired by the Works of Art Committee.

The tours take about 75 minutes and include a visit to the first floor Committee Corridor of Portcullis House.

Times and availability

Tour dates for 2014 will be confirmed shortly.


Booking is not currently available for this tour.

Ticket prices

Ticket prices for 2014 will be confirmed shortly.


Image credit: The Rt. Hon. Tony Benn, acrylic on canvas by Andrew Tift, 1998, WOA 4761.

Security information

Big Ben

To ensure that Parliament remains a safe and accessible place for those who work within and visit Parliament, we have implemented a number of security measures. Please take note of them before and during your visit.

Individual bookings

Via the ticketmaster website
Call 0844 847 1672 (UK)
Call +44 161 425 8677 (outside the UK)

Group bookings

Call 0844 847 2498 (UK)
Call +44 161 425 8677 (outside the UK)