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 at 1.40pm and 4pm
- Tuesdays 7, 14, 21 and 28 August 2018 at 1.20pm and 3.40pm
In a busy working building we occasionally have to change or cancel tours due to the on-going maintenance programme and other parliamentary business. During summer 2018, the Lords Chamber will be open but visitors will view the Chamber from either end due to scheduled carpet replacement work.
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