Member’s 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.
Times and availability
Tours start every 5 minutes and last approximately 75 minutes.
Tours start at the following times:
Tour times in session
Monday: 9am-12noon (full tour)
Tuesday and Wednesday: 9am-9.55am (full tour) and 10.00am-12noon (partial tour of Lords only)
Thursday: no tours
Friday: 3.30pm-5pm (full tour)
Non-sitting days and recesses
Non-sitting Fridays 9.30am-5pm
Christmas / New Year Closed
Easter and Spring Weekdays 9.30am-5pm
Whitsun Recess Weekdays 9.30am-5pm
Summer recess 2013
August: 5th, 12th & 19th (9.00am – 12.30pm)
September: 16th, 23rd & 30th (9.30am – 5pm)
Members sponsored tours are not available on Saturdays.
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 four months ahead. Demand is high so early booking and flexibility regarding dates and times are an advantage.
The tours last around 75 minutes. It is advisable to leave time to visit the facilities prior to your tour. Accessible public toilets are also available at the nearby Westminster tube station. Within Parliament disabled toilets are located off Westminster Hall and Central Lobby.
A number of simple security measures have been put in place for the safety of all our visitors. Please take note of them before and during your visit.
- Searches, similar to those used in airports, will be conducted on entry
- Mobile phones must be turned off
- Cameras cannot be used, except in Westminster Hall
Further details on the security arrangements can be obtained from the Access and security page of the website.