Family visits with children

Parent and child in Lords Chamber

UK Parliament is a fantastic place for a family day out in London with the children. Find out how to make the most of your visit.

What's On

Ever wondered where Guy Fawkes hid before he tried to blow up Parliament? Want to see the very spot where Charles I was tried and found guilty of treason? Would you like to know why the Queen is banned from the House of Commons?

Our multimedia guides contain both audio commentary and video content, and there are options for children. Plus, you can set your own pace! 

Alternatively, book a guided tour. The family tours are designed for younger kids whereas the guided tours are more suitable for teenagers.

Consider adding afternoon tea with a river view. We offer a special kids' menu.

Plan Your Visit

We are open for tours on Saturdays throughout the year and most weekdays during the school holidays when Parliament is not sitting. Some days can be subject to change due to special events.

Bookings can made online or by calling our bookings team on +44 (0) 020 7219 4114. Alternatively, you can visit our Ticket Office at the front of Portcullis House on Victoria Embankment.

UK Parliament is located in Westminster in the heart of London, and although there are many ways to travel, we strongly encourage you to come by public transport. Whichever route you choose, look out for the iconic Elizabeth Tower, otherwise known as Big Ben!

We want everyone to feel safe and secure so all visitors, pushchairs and bags go through an airport-style security check before entering the building. Please read the security information carefully. There are no cloakroom facilities so we recommend travelling light.

Useful Family Information

We welcome visitors from all over the world and want everyone to get the best out of their visit. Our accessibility page includes a helpful video. Disabled visitors pay standard prices on all tours but carers go free with a ticket. We also provide a screen-based version of the audio tour available in British Sign Language for hearing-impaired visitors.

There are a range of on-site facilities on offer such as a café, gift shop and a baby-changing area. We are surrounded by some of the most beautiful parks and open spaces in London, such as the Victoria Tower Gardens and St James's Park, alongside some spectacular river views. Ideal for a picnic and for the kids to run around!

Photography and mobile phone use in Parliament is limited to certain areas. If you’re unsure about where you can take photos, please ask our friendly Visitor Assistants for information and help.

For more information about educational visits and online resources for children, go to our Learning webpages.

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Big Ben and the Elizabeth Tower guide book

This book tells the story of the iconic tower, Great Clock and bell which became known as 'Big Ben'. Contains over 130 images and illustrations.