Open House London

Portcullis House and the Elizabeth Tower

This year's Open House London weekend is on Saturday 22 and Sunday 23 September 2018 and the Houses of Parliament will again be taking part.

Admission to Parliament for Open House London is free to visitors from the UK and overseas on a first come, first served basis.

There are no advanced booking facilities for this event except for the popular Chapel of St Mary Undercroft guided tours on the Sunday which are now fully booked.

Throughout the weekend, the 'Voice and Vote: Women's Place in Parliament' exhibition will be open to visitors.

Combining interactive features and historic exhibits, 'Voice & Vote' highlights the campaign for votes for women and the representation of women in the House of Commons and House of Lords. 

Open House: Portcullis House - Saturday 22 September 2018

Opening Hours

Between 10am to 5pm with last entry at 4.30pm. To avoid disappointment please arrive at the Portcullis House Main Entrance by 4pm in case of queues.  

What you can see and do in Portcullis House

Attend talks:

  • 'Big Ben and the Elizabeth Tower'
  • 'The Work of Select Committees in the House of Commons'
  • 'Using Art to understand Parliament'
  • 'Restoring the Palace of Westminster'

Meet the teams and discover more about:

  • Big Ben and the Elizabeth Tower
  • Curator's Office
  • Visit Parliament
  • Commons Information
  • Commons Committee Services
  • Lords Communications
  • Parliamentary Archives
  • Education and Engagement
  • Restoration & Renewal
  • Historic Furniture & Decorative Arts

Other activities:

  • View the collection of contemporary works of art
  • Take a seat and a photo on a replica Commons green bench
  • Visit the Debate café and pop-up shop for refreshments and souvenirs

Open House: Westminster Hall - Sunday 23 September 2018

Opening Hours

Between 10am to 5pm with last entry at 4.30pm. To avoid disappointment please arrive at the Cromwell Green Visitor Entrance by 4pm in case of queues.

What you can see and do in Westminster Hall

Take a guided tour of the Chapel of St Mary Undercroft

Due to the popularity of these tours, and the very limited capacity, tickets for the tours must be pre-booked by calling 020 7219 4114.

Attend talks:

  • 'Big Ben and the Elizabeth Tower'
  • 'The Work of Select Committees in the House of Commons'

Meet the teams and discover more about:

  • Visit Parliament
  • Big Ben and the Elizabeth Tower
  • Education and Engagement
  • Voice & Vote Exhibition Curation
  • Commons Committee Services

Other activities:

  • View the contemporary art installation 'New Dawn'
  • Take a seat and a photo on a replica Commons green bench
  • Visit the Jubilee and Voice & Vote exhibition shops
  • Enjoy refreshments in the Jubilee Café

Talks and activities may be subject to change or cancellation.

More about Open House London

Open House London is the capital's largest annual festival of architecture and design.

Further information can be obtained from the Open House London website.

Visit Parliament

Visiting Parliament

The UK Parliament is open for visitors to take a tour, attend debates or watch committee hearings inside one of the world’s most iconic buildings.

'Voice and Vote: Women's Place in Parliament' Exhibition

Between 27 June and 6 October 2018, visit this free exhibition in Westminster Hall which combines interactive recreated spaces and historic exhibits.

Accessibility

We welcome all visitors to Parliament and continue to work towards greater accessibility.

Security information

Big Ben

To ensure that Parliament remains a safe and accessible place for those who work within and visit Parliament, we have implemented a number of security measures.