The House of Commons Library is opening its doors on three Saturdays this spring. Come and view the magnificent 19th century Library rooms as part of a full guided tour of the Houses of Parliament.
Find out how Parliament works as you travel through the Commons Chamber and the Lords Chamber, follow in the footsteps of the Monarch at the State Opening and be inspired by Westminster Hall which is almost 1000 years old.
Your tour guide will then take you to the Commons Library to explore this unique space normally reserved for MPs. Housed in magnificent Pugin designed rooms, the Library holds almost 230,000 publications and runs an ever-growing research and information service.
The Library team responds to around 30,000 enquiries from MPs and their staff and releases 900 briefings per year, covering everything from Brexit to bees. Discover the history of the Library and learn how its work supports democracy today.
Early booking is recommended as places are limited.
Tour dates and how to book tickets
These combined tours will run on the following Saturdays, starting at 10am and 2pm:
- 23 March 2019
- 6 April 2019
- 27 April 2019
The tours take up to two hours with a 15-minute break between the two parts.
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.
- Adults: £30
- Young adults (age 16 to 18): £25.50
- Concessions (age 60 and over, students with ID, UK Armed Forces with ID): £25.50
- Children (age 7 to 15): £15
- Disabled visitors: Ticket prices as above but essential companions are free
Photography is permitted in St Stephen’s Hall and Westminster Hall but not in the Commons Library and on other parts of the tour.
Due to the tour content and length, we advise a minimum age of 7.
There is seating available throughout the tour but there are no cloakroom facilities so please keep what you bring to a minimum.