Democratic access guided tours sponsored by a Member of Parliament (MP) or a Member of the House of Lords are available to UK residents only, free of charge.
What does the tour cover?
A knowledgeable guide will accompany you on this 75 minute tour that describes how the business and traditions of both Houses contribute to the day to day workings of the UK Parliament. Some of the history of the Palace of Westminster is also highlighted.
When the Houses are sitting, the full tour route may not always be available and can be subject to last minute changes or cancellation due to parliamentary business.
How can I book this tour?
UK residents should contact their local MP, or a Member of the House of Lords, to arrange a tour. You do not have to know your MP personally or support them politically. There is no charge for tours booked in this way.
These tours can be booked up to 6 months in advance. Early booking is recommended if you want to book a tour on a specific date but is not essential if you are flexible about when you can visit.
When can I go on this tour?
These tours start between the following times:
During parliamentary sessions
- Monday: 9.00am-12noon (full tour)
- Tuesday and Wednesday: 9.00am-9.55am (full tour)
- Tuesday and Wednesday: 10.00am-12noon (partial tour; House of Lords only)
- Thursday: no tours
- Sitting Fridays: 3.30pm-5.15pm (full tour)
- Non-Sitting Fridays: 9.00am-5.15pm (full tour)
During parliamentary recesses
- Summer recess: Monday morning 9.30am-12.30pm (except Bank Holidays)
- Short November recess: 9.00am-5.15pm
- All other recesses: Monday 9.00am-5.15pm (except Bank Holidays when an alternative day will be made available)
Democratic access tours are not available on Saturdays, Sundays and Bank Holidays.
Other tours available to both UK residents and overseas visitors
UK residents and overseas visitors can book tickets for a number of other tours which take place on Saturdays throughout the year and on most weekdays during parliamentary recesses.
Tickets can be purchased online, by calling +44 (0)20 7219 4114 or from the Ticket Office.
Image: UK Parliament/Jessica Taylor