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The State Opening of Parliament 

The UK general election took place on Thursday 4 July 2024. The new Parliament met on Tuesday 9 July 2024 for the election of the Speaker and swearing-in of MPs and Lords. The State Opening of Parliament and The King’s Speech will take place on Wednesday 17 July 2024.

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Family visits with children

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.

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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, or why Black Rod has the Commons Chamber door slammed in their face?

Take a multimedia tour journey through this historic building and these questions and many others will be answered. One of the mutlimedia guide options is a children's version in English.

Alternatively, book one of the guided tours which are more suitable for teenagers.

Plan Your Visit

We are open for tours on Saturdays throughout the year and most weekdays during the school holidays when the Houses are not sitting. Some days can be subject to change due to special events so we recommend checking our website for updated details and information.

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.

The Houses of Parliament are 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

UK Parliament welcomes visitors from all over the world and we 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. 

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 Visitor Assistants for information and help.

For more information about school visits and to download some excellent videos and other online resources for children, please see the Learning webpages.

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Big Ben guide book

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

Big Ben guide book

Plan your visit


Read information to help you plan your visit including how to find us, disability access, security and facilities.

Plan your visit