Members' tours are available to UK residents free of charge and must be sponsored by a Member of Parliament (MP) or a Member of the House of Lords. The tours are led by trained guides.
Times and availability
Tours run every 5 minutes and last approximately 75 minutes.
Tours start at the following times:
When Parliament is sitting
Tuesday and Wednesday: 9am-9.55am, also 10.00am-12noon (House of Lords only)
Thursday: no tours
Please note that when Parliament is sitting, the full tour route may not always be available or may be subject to last minute change.
Non-sitting days and recesses
Non-sitting Fridays: 9.30am-5pm
Christmas / New Year: Closed
Easter and Spring Mondays: 9.30am-5pm
Whitsun Recess Mondays: 9.30am-5pm
Summer recess 2013
August: 5th, 12th & 19th (9.00am – 12.30pm)
September: 16th, 23rd & 30th (9.30am – 5pm)
Members’ tours are not available on Saturdays, Sundays and Bank Holidays.
About Parliament: Recess dates
UK residents should contact their local MP or a Member of the House of Lords whom they know to arrange a tour. There is no charge for tours booked in this way.
Tours must be booked in advance with bookings open up to six months ahead. Demand is high so early booking and flexibility regarding dates and times is strongly recommended.