Arrange a tour through your MP

Arrange a tour

Members' tours are available to UK residents free of charge and must be sponsored by a Member of Parliament (MP) or a Member of the House of Lords. The tours are led by trained guides.

Times and availability

Tours run every 5 minutes and last approximately 75 minutes.

Tours start at the following times:

When Parliament is sitting 
Monday: 9am-12noon
Tuesday and Wednesday: 9am-9.55am, also 10.00am-12noon (House of Lords only)
Thursday: no tours
Friday: 3.30pm-5pm

Please note that when Parliament is sitting, the full tour route may not always be available or may be subject to last minute change.

Non-sitting days and recesses
Non-sitting Fridays: 9.30am-5pm
Christmas / New Year: Closed
Easter and Spring Mondays: 9.30am-5pm
Whitsun Recess Mondays: 9.30am-5pm 

Summer recess 2013
August: 5th, 12th & 19th  (9.00am – 12.30pm)
September: 16th, 23rd & 30th (9.30am – 5pm)

Members’ tours are not available on Saturdays, Sundays and Bank Holidays.

About Parliament: Recess dates


UK residents should contact their local MP or a Member of the House of Lords whom they know to arrange a tour. There is no charge for tours booked in this way.

Tours must be booked in advance with bookings open up to six months ahead. Demand is high so early booking and flexibility regarding dates and times is strongly recommended.

Fast details

Members' tours:

  • Are open to UK permanent residents only
  • Must be arranged through your local MP or a Member of the House of Lords
  • Are free of charge
  • Are now fully booked until the end of August 2013

Tour information


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.

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).