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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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Inside UK Parliament free guided tours

UK residents can request a free 'Inside UK Parliament' guided tour by contacting their Member of Parliament (MP) or a member of the House of Lords.

Bookings via an MP are not currently open due to the General Election period but can be made by contacting a Member of the House of Lords. If you are booked onto a tour on the dates below, this is now cancelled: 

  • 25th June
  • 5th, 8th and 9th July
  • 16th and 17th July

If you are booked onto a tour on any other date, this will likely still go ahead but please contact with your booking reference number to confirm. 

What does the tour cover?

During this 75-minute tour, your guide will:

  • explain the work of UK Parliament and its relevance today
  • outline how the working spaces you visit on the tour are used
  • set out ways you can get involved and engage with the democratic process
  • highlight some of the dramatic history of the Palace of Westminster

When can I go on a tour?

During parliamentary sessions

Day Tours available between
Monday 9am to 12 noon
Tuesday 9am to 9:50am
Tuesday 10.15am to 12 noon*
Wednesday 9am to 9:50am
Wednesday 10.15am to 12 noon*
Friday 3.30pm to 5pm

*Slightly shorter tours which include the House of Lords, Central Lobby, St Stephen’s Hall and Westminster Hall, but not the House of Commons.

Find out what's on when UK Parliament is sitting

Find out dates when UK Parliament is in recess

These free guided tours are not available on Thursdays, Saturdays, Sundays and public holidays.

Occasionally we may have to change or cancel tours due to the work of UK Parliament.

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UK residents can book a free guided tour up to six months in advance by contacting your local MP or a Member of the House of Lords. Early booking is recommended.

You do not have to know your MP personally or support them politically to book this tour.


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