Tactile tours for blind and partially sighted visitors

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UK residents who are blind or partially sighted can arrange a fully guided tactile tour of the Houses of Parliament.

In order to develop a real sense of the building and its history, visitors have the opportunity to talk to our friendly team before the tours start and touch various specially made models and other objects.

The tours then follow a route covering Westminster Hall, Central Lobby, the Lords Chamber in the House of Lords and the Commons Chamber in the House of Commons. There are plenty of objects and items of furniture to explore along the tour route.

These tactile tours are offered free of charge. 

Times and availability

Tours run between 10-12 times per year, usually late on Friday afternoon, and last approximately 120 minutes.

Confirmed tactile tour dates are:

  • 17 July 2015 starting at 5pm
  • 11 September 2015 starting at 5pm
  • 11 December 2015 starting at 5pm

Visitors are recommended to arrive 60 minutes prior to the start of the tour to allow time to explore the tactile objects in Westminster Hall and to visit our facilities before the start of the tour.

Booking

Due to the limited numbers on these tours we are unable to guarantee space for all applicants. Booking requests should be made using the online form:

All applications will be entered into a ballot three weeks before each tour date and successful applicants will be contacted to confirm their booking request. Unfortunately, group booking requests are not accepted.

Facilities

Jubilee Café, located next to Westminster Hall, offers a selection of light meals, and hot and cold drinks. Next to the cafe is a souvenir shop. Visitor Assistants will be happy to assist you before the start of your tour. 

There are toilet facilities next to Westminster Hall and elsewhere the Parliamentary estate which visitors can use. Facilities are available for guide dogs. 

Contact us

If you are having difficulty accessing our online booking form, please contact us on 020 7219 5954.  

Image credit: Model made by Jonathan Groves

Disabled access information

To help plan your visit we have produced a video ‘How to access the Houses of Parliament’.

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.