Contemporary portraiture in Portcullis House tours


Specialist fully guided tours focusing on the art and architecture of Portcullis House are available on selected Mondays and Fridays in 2013.

What does the tour cover?

This is an opportunity to see inside Portcullis House, the only new building commissioned by Parliament since the Palace of Westminster in the 19th century. It was designed by leading British architect Michael Hopkins and officially opened by Her Majesty the Queen in February 2001.

Portcullis House is the home of the House of Commons contemporary portrait collection. This unique collection of art records leading Parliamentarians in paintings, works on paper and photographs. The collection reflects a diversity of styles and approaches by leading UK based artists working over the last 50 years. All the works were commissioned or acquired by the Works of Art Committee.

The tours take about 75 minutes and include a visit to the first floor Committee Corridor of Portcullis House.

Times and availability

Tours are available at 9.45am, 11.30am, 2.15pm and 4pm on the following days in 2013:

  • Friday 21 June
  • Friday 5 July
  • Friday 19 July
  • Monday 5 August
  • Monday 12 August
  • Monday 19 August
  • Monday 23 September
  • Friday 11 October

Due to restricted space around the portraits, tour groups are limited to 15 people so early booking is advised.



Tickets for tours can be booked:

  • Online on the ticketmaster website
  • By telephone on 0844 847 1672 (calling from the UK)
  • By telephone on +44 161 425 8777 (calling from outside the UK)
  • Group tickets can be booked via the group booking line on 0844 847 2498

Ticket prices

  • Adults: £16.50
  • Concessions (students, over 60s and members of the armed forces): £14
  • Group rates (for groups of 10 or more): £13
  • Disabled visitors: Standard prices as listed above (carers have free admission, but will require a ticket for entrance)

Image credit: The Rt. Hon. Tony Benn, acrylic on canvas by Andrew Tift, 1998, WOA 4761.

Book a guided tour

Via the ticketmaster website
Call 0844 847 1672 (UK)
Call +44 161 425 8677 (outside the UK)

Group bookings

Call the group booking line on 0844 847 2498

Tour information


Visitors attending this tour should arrive at the Victoria Embankment entrance of Portcullis House and allow 15 minutes before the tour begins to allow time to pass through security.


A number of security measures have been put in place for the safety of all our visitors. Please take note of them before and during your visit.

  • Searches, similar to those used in airports, will be conducted on entry
  • Mobile phones must be turned off
  • Cameras cannot be used, except in Westminster Hall
  • CCTV cameras are in operation


Bags or luggage larger than those permitted in aircraft cabins may be refused entry. Parliament has no facilities for leaving items; commercial outlets are available nearby at Victoria or Charing Cross stations.

Cancelled tours

Please note that tours can be cancelled at any time if Parliament has to meet, eg, due to an emergency.

Need a wheelchair?

A limited number of wheelchairs are available if requested in advance. Call 0207 219 3003.

Saturday and Summer Opening

Tours of Parliament are available to all on Saturdays throughout the year and during the Summer Opening period. Tickets can be purchased in advance or on the day itself (subject to availability).