From Petitions to Prime Ministers Guided Tours

Suffragettes clashing with police

2018 marks 100 years since Parliament passed a law which allowed some women (and all men) to vote for the first time.

To celebrate this milestone, in August 2018 we are running a short season of ‘From Petitions to Prime Ministers: A Short History of Women in Parliament’ guided tours.

Led by a Blue Badge guide, this 90 minute tour traces the journey from the early petitioning for women’s suffrage to the UK’s first two female Prime Ministers and the prominent role of women in Parliament today.

During the tour you will have the opportunity to enter both the Commons Chamber and the Lords Chamber and also discover why St Stephen’s Hall and Central Lobby played such a key part in the ‘Votes for Women!’ story.

The tour ends in medieval Westminster Hall where you can visit the interactive ‘Voice and Vote: Women's Place in Parliament’ exhibition and take time to enjoy the continually changing 'New Dawn' light sculpture that celebrates all those involved the campaign for women’s suffrage.

When can I go on a ‘From Petitions to Prime Ministers’ guided tour?

You can book tickets in advance for the following dates:

  • Saturdays 4, 11, 18 and 25 August 2018
  • Tuesdays 7, 14, 21 and 28 August 2018

In a busy working building we occasionally have to change or cancel tours due to the on-going maintenance programme and other parliamentary business. 

How much does this tour cost?

  • Adults: £25.50
  • Concessions (over 60s, students with ID, UK Armed Forces with ID): £21
  • Children (5 to 15 years): £11

Group rates apply if you book a group of 10 people or more.

  • Adults: £20
  • Children (age 5 to 15): £10

This tour is not recommended for younger children.

How do I book tickets?

Tickets can be purchased online, by calling +44 (0)20 7219 4114 or in person from the Ticket Office at the front of Portcullis House on Victoria Embankment (postcode SW1A 2LW).

Other tours of Parliament

Ticketed guided and audio tours through the Houses of Parliament are available on Saturdays throughout the year and most weekdays during parliamentary recesses.

Image: The Daily Graphic, 1906 Curator’s Reference Collection ©Parliamentary Art Collection

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.

Vote 100

We're celebrating 100 years since Parliament passed a law which allowed some women, and all men, to vote for the first time. Find out how to get involved.

'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.