Contemporary portraiture in Portcullis House tours


Fully guided tours focusing on the contemporary portraiture collection displayed in 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. Portcullis House was designed by leading British architect Michael Hopkins and officially opened in February 2001.

The House of Commons contemporary portrait collection is displayed in Portcullis House. This art collection records senior Parliamentarians, including Margaret Thatcher, Tony Blair, David Cameron and Tony Benn, 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. Works by Grayson Perry, Gerald Scarfe and Andrew Tift can be viewed.

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

Tours are occasionally subject to variation or cancellation due to Parliamentary business.


Tours are available to visitors from the UK and overseas and tickets can now be booked for the following dates:

  • Fridays 21 and 28 August 2015

Tours start at 10.30am, 1.30pm and 3.30pm.

Individual prices and booking

  • Adults: £18.00
    Concessions (over 60s, students, members of the UK Armed Forces): £15.50
    Disabled visitors: Standard prices as listed above (escorts have free entry but will require a ticket for admission)

ID may be requested for students and UK Armed Forces concessions.

Individual bookings can be made:

  • Online
  • By calling +44 (0)20 7219 4114

Tickets can also be purchased in person in advance or on the day (subject to availability) from the Ticket Office located at the front of Portcullis House on Victoria Embankment (post code SW1A 2LW, marked 5 on the map).

The Ticket Office is open on Monday to Friday 10am to 4pm, Saturday 8.45am to 4.45pm.

Please note that the Houses of Parliament Shop does not sell tour tickets.

Group rates and booking

Group rates are available for groups of 10 or more if booked in advance.

  • Adults: £14.40

Group bookings can be made:

  • Online
  • By calling +44 (0)20 7219 4114

More information about booking for groups is available on the Groups and travel trade page.

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

Buy tickets before you visit

Alternatively, call +44 (0)20 7219 4114

The bookings phone line is open Monday to Saturday between 9am and 5pm.

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