Visiting Parliament

Jo's Parliamentary staff are always pleased to arrange for tours of the Houses of Parliament or the Clock Tower with the Central Tours Office, subject to Parliamentary business (which can sometimes restrict access) on the day.   We can also help arrange Gallery tickets for the House of Commons and House of Lords chambers during debates.  

A full tour of the Palace of Westminster takes in Sovereign's Entrance, Norman Porch, Royal Gallery, Prince's Chamber, the House of Lords Chamber, Central Lobby, Voting Lobby, Members' Lobby, the House of Commons Chamber, St Stephen's Hall and Westminster Hall.

Central Office Tours can be arranged during the following days:

Sitting Days

  • Mondays 09.00 to 12 noon Full Tours
  • Tuesdays 09.00 to 12 noon Full Tours
  • Wednesdays 09.00 to 09.32 Full Tours  9.36 to 12 noon Partial Tours (Lords Only)
  • Thursdays No Tours 
  • Fridays 15.30 to 17.00 Full Tours

 

Non Sitting Days & Recesses

  • Non-sitting Fridays 09.30-17.00
  • Christmas / New Year  Closed from the rise of both Houses to after the New Year Holiday
  • Easter and Spring Weekdays 09.30 - 17.00
  • Whitsun Recess  Weekdays 09.30 - 17.00
  • Prorogation - There will be no tours during this period

 

Summer Recess

  • August - Wednesdays 09.30 to 12 noon
  • September - Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursdays 09.30 to 12 noon

 

There are no Members' tours on Saturdays, Sundays, Bank Holidays or on the 3rd October due to the Lord Chancellors Breakfast. Other closures may be announced at short notice due to Parliamentary business.

We can also arrange for groups of up to 16 persons to climb the Clock Tower (Big Ben) and we get allocated a limited number of tickets for constituents to watch debates live in the House of Commons. 

Please e-mail the Westminster office for help planning your visit.  To guarantee a date, it is advisable to book well in advance.