Tactile tours for blind and partially sighted visitors

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

These tours are offered free of charge.

The tactile tours follow a route covering Westminster Hall, Central Lobby, the House of Lords Chamber and the House of Commons Chamber. 

Visitors have the opportunity to explore various tactile objects before the tour starts. This is where visitors can arrange to be met by our friendly staff to help them get a real feel and sense of the building and its history. There will also be opportunities to explore objects and furniture on the tour route itself.

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:

  • 19 June  2015 starting at 5.30pm
  • 17 July 2015 starting at 5pm
  • 11 September 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

There is a known issue with the online booking form which is being dealt with.  For further details and bookings please telephone 020 7219 5954.

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 Cafe, located next to Westminster Hall, offers a selection of refreshments, 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.