How to find the Houses of Parliament

Bus on a bridge with the Houses of Parliament in the background

The Houses of Parliament are located in Westminster in the centre of London and are well served by all forms of public transport, most of which is wheelchair accessible.

Address and Map

Houses of Parliament, Westminster, London SW1A 0AA. 

Directions to the Houses of Parliament

Most visitors to the Houses of Parliament will come to the Palace of Westminster (postcode SW1A 0AA, entrance marked 8 on the map) or Portcullis House (postcode SW1A 2LW, entrance marked 4 on the map).

Visitors wishing to purchase tickets for tours should go to the Ticket Office located at the front of Portcullis House (post code SW1A 2LW, marked 5 on the map).

Rail and Underground

Visitors travelling on the London Underground can use the District, Circle or Jubilee lines to get to Westminster station, which is fully wheelchair accessible. Victoria, Charing Cross and Waterloo mainline stations are about 20 minutes away by foot and have connecting buses.

Bus

Buses stop near Parliament Square in Victoria Street and towards Trafalgar Square in Whitehall. All buses in London are now wheelchair accessible.

River Boat

A number of river boat operators offer services that stop at Westminster Pier. The ramps can be quite steep so visitors using a manual wheelchair may need assistance.

Walking

Travelling on foot, visitors can access Parliament via Westminster Bridge and Waterloo Bridge. Both are wheelchair accessible, as are the Golden Jubilee pedestrian bridges which connect the South Bank with Victoria Embankment.

Cycling

Visitors cannot bring bicycles into the parliamentary estate. Public bicycle racks are a short distance away outside 7 Millbank. There are cycle hire docking stations situated in Smith Square which is a 5 minute walk away, and on Abingdon Green opposite Victoria Tower Gardens.

Coach

Coach drivers can stop briefly on Abingdon Street, after the entrance to Victoria Tower Gardens, where they may drop off and pick up on the left hand side before the second zebra crossing. Coach parking is not available but there are a limited number of coach parking bays in Westminster, available on an hourly tariff.

For more information on coach parking see the Westminster City Council website. Specific information for coach drivers is available on the Transport for London website.

Car

Travelling by car will often be subject to the congestion charge and meter parking is limited. Disabled parking spaces are located nearby in Great Peter Street, Smith Square, and by Methodist Central Hall on Matthew Parker Street.

There is an underground car park opposite the Houses of Parliament operated by Q-Parks which has 183 spaces. It benefits from a secure vehicle and pedestrian entrance with CCTV, customer toilets and is manned during the week. A space can be reserved in advance using the Q-Park online pre-booking facility

Houses of Parliament Shop

The Houses of Parliament Shop has a wide selection of beautiful and exclusive products inspired by different aspects of Parliament.

Related information

Travelling in London

Here is a selection of other websites that offer information about travelling in London and elsewhere in the United Kingdom.

  • Transport for London - bus and tube information.
  • Congestion charging - driving through central London? Check if you need to pay the congestion charge.
  • Google Maps
  • Street Map - online maps of the UK, with detailed street maps of London.
  • Here.com - full minor road and street level coverage for the whole of Great Britain. Enter a UK address to access maps. Zoom and roam features.
  • Bing.com - get directions and view online maps of the UK, down to street level.
  • Mappy.com - maps, directions, and driving expenses for journeys in the UK.

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