Westminster Hall

Westminster Hall hammerbeam-roof

Come and take a free look around medieval Westminster Hall, the oldest building on the Parliamentary estate, and see its newly restored hammer-beam roof. 

You will stand on the exact spots where many famous speeches, court trials, celebrations and more sombre state occasions have taken place over the past 900 years.

You can also browse for gifts and souvenirs in the Jubilee Shop, enjoy a hot drink or piece of cake in the Jubilee Café, and speak to a member of our team about other ways to visit including taking a tour and watching debates.

Visits to Westminster Hall are free, Monday to Friday between 9am and 5pm. Waiting times to enter may vary depending on Parliamentary business.

No booking is required, just go to the Cromwell Green Entrance marked 8 on this map (PDF PDF 537 KB).

Entry may not always be possible due to events in Westminster Hall or other Parliamentary business. If you are travelling especially to visit, please check beforehand by email or by phoning 020 7219 4114.

Westminster Hall short talks

Every Tuesday and Friday when the Houses are sitting, you are welcome to come along to these 15-minute talks delivered by one of our guides. No booking is required.

Topics will vary; everything from the Palace of Westminster’s ventilation systems to the history of the coronation banquets!

These talks are free and start at the following times:

  • Tuesdays at 2:30pm and 3:30pm
  • Fridays at 10:30am and 11:30am

In March, the talks will focus on the campaign for women’s suffrage to celebrate Women’s History Month 2020.