Houses of Parliament audio tours

Visitors on an audio tour in the Lords Chamber

Discover where history is still being made on an audio tour of the Houses of Parliament. 

Find out how Parliament works as you travel through the Commons Chamber and the Lords Chamber, follow in the footsteps of the Queen at the State Opening and be inspired by Westminster Hall which is almost 1000 years old.

The audio tour experience takes around 60 to 75 minutes and allows you to go at your own pace.

You can choose from a range of languages when you arrive. If you have any questions there are Visitor Assistants along the tour route to help.

For children aged 7 to 12 we also offer a family version of the tour in English.

When can I go on an audio tour?

You can go on an audio tour on Saturdays throughout the year and most weekdays when Parliament is not in session.

Book tickets now for the following dates:

  • Every Saturday until 8 September 2018
  • Monday to Friday between 26 July and 31 August 2018 (except 27 August 2018)
  • Every Saturday between 13 October and 15 December 2018
  • Every Saturday between 12 and 26 January 2019

On most days you can follow your tour with Afternoon Tea.

We may occasionally have to change or cancel tours because of the work of Parliament.

How much does an audio tour cost?

Lower prices apply if you book in advance and we offer a free ticket for one child with each paying adult.

  • Adults: Advance: £18.50 / Same day: £20.50
  • Concessions (over 60s, students with ID, members of the UK Armed Forces with ID): Advance: £16 / Same day: £18
  • Children (age 5 to 15): Free with each paying adult but will still need a ticket. Additional children Advance: £7.50 / Same day: £8.50
  • Children (under 5): Free but will still need a ticket
  • Disabled visitors: Tickets prices as above, escorts are free but will still need a ticket

Group rates apply for groups of 10 people or more if you book in advance.

  • Adults: £15
  • Children (age 5 to 15): £7.50

There is more information about visiting as a group on the Groups and travel trade page.

How do I book tickets?

You can book online or by phoning +44 (0)20 7219 4114.

You can also buy tickets from the Ticket Office which is open:

  • Monday to Friday 10am to 4pm (8.45am to 4.45pm on tour days)
  • Saturday 8.45am to 4.45pm

The Ticket Office is located in front of Portcullis House on Victoria Embankment (postcode SW1A 2LW).

What languages can I take the audio tour in?

  • English
  • French
  • German
  • Spanish
  • Italian
  • Russian
  • Mandarin Chinese 
  • Brazilian Portuguese
  • Welsh

We offer a screen-based version of the audio guide with English sub-titles and BSL signing for visitors who are deaf or hard of hearing.

Book tickets before you visit

Book ticket onlineAlternatively, for phone bookings please call +44 (0)20 7219 4114, Monday to Saturday between 9am and 5pm.

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