Visitors from the UK and overseas are able to sit in the public galleries and observe whatever business is taking place in the Chambers at that time. From Mondays to Thursdays both Houses start their proceedings with questions to Government ministers, known as Question Time.
Times and availability
Question Time takes an hour in the Commons and up to 30 minutes in the Lords. On Wednesdays, the Prime Minister answers questions in the House of Commons between 12noon and 12.30pm.
UK residents should contact their local MP to request a ticket to attend the proceedings in either gallery. Requests can also be made to Members of the House of Lords for tickets to the House of Lords gallery.
Members only have a small allocation of tickets so requests should be made as far in advance as possible. Question Time is very busy so it is advisable to obtain tickets. It is essential to have tickets in advance to gain access to Prime Minister's Question Time.
All visitors can request access to the galleries on the day at any time when either House is sitting. Admission is subject to available space and a wait is likely at busy times.