UK residents and overseas visitors are welcome to watch debates in both Houses by visiting the public galleries. There is no charge to watch debates, which can be on current issues or proposed new laws.
The galleries are open to the public from Monday to Thursday and occasionally on Fridays, when the Houses are sitting. Times differ for each House. The galleries are not open at the weekends and during parliamentary recesses.
Visitors wishing to watch debates should enter via the Cromwell Green entrance.
Debates in the Commons Chamber
For Prime Minister's Question Time (PMQs) in the Commons, tickets are necessary to gain entrance. Tickets are issued to UK residents only by arrangement through their Member of Parliament or a Member of the House of Lords and there is no charge.
Overseas visitors and UK residents can gain access to PMQs without a ticket if there is space in the gallery. There may be a 1 to 2 hour wait with no guarantee of seeing PMQs although entry to the debates after PMQs is likely.
Tickets are not required for other debates. At busy times, queues can be long and visitors should expect a wait of around 30 to 40 minutes.
Commons debates in Westminster Hall
House of Commons debates also take place in the Grand Committee Room just off Westminster Hall. These are known as Westminster Hall debates and visitors are welcome to attend.
Debates in the Lords Chamber
Image: Prime Minister's Questions 20 July 2016 © UK Parliament/Jessica Taylor