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Houses of Parliament

Type:Historic Site / Building

Westminster, London, SW1A 0AA

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There are many ways to visit the Houses of Parliament.

UK residents and overseas visitors may watch debates taking place in the House of Commons and House of Lords Chambers or watch a committee hearing.

UK residents can contact their local MP to arrange a guided tour. There is no charge for tours booked in this way but they are generally fully booked six months in advance. Demand is high so early booking and flexibility regarding dates and times are strongly recommended.

Audio and guided tours are available to visitors from the UK and overseas on Saturdays throughout the year and on most weekdays during Parliamentary recesses including Christmas, Easter and the summer. There is a charge for these tours. Advanced booking is recommended but not essential.

Most tours include the route taken by the Queen at State Opening of Parliament; from the Queen’s Robing Room, through the Royal Gallery and Prince’s Chamber, into the majestic Lords Chamber. Tours then move on through Central Lobby, Members’ Lobby and one of the voting lobbies before entering the Commons Chamber, scene of many lively debates. Passing through St Stephen’s Hall, the tours end in 900 year old Westminster Hall.

The Houses of Parliament continues to work to improve accessibility for all visitors. To help plan visits to the Houses of Parliament see the video ‘How to access the Houses of Parliament’ which includes a welcome from Tanni, Baroness Grey-Thompson

No photography (except in Westminster Hall and St Stephen's Hall).


Public Transport Directions

Westminster Underground Station



  • Accessible Lift
  • Accessible to Wheelchair Users - Tour routes are accessible.
  • Facilities for Hearing Impaired Visitors
  • Guide Dogs Permitted - Assistance dogs accepeted
  • Toilets for Disabled Visitors

Audio Commentary in Foreign Languages

  • Chinese audio guide
  • French audio guide
  • German audio guide
  • Italian audio guide
  • Portuguese audio guide
  • Russian audio guide
  • Spanish audio guide
  • Welsh audio guide


  • Café
  • Refreshments Available

Children & Infants

  • Baby changing facilities

Establishment Features

  • Audio Commentary in Foreign Languages
  • Gift shop
  • Shop
  • Toilets

Key Features

  • Of historic, literary or architectural interest

Tours and Demonstrations

  • Guided tours


Opening Times

* Weekday opening times for tours and debates vary depending on whether the Houses are in session. Tours are available on most Saturdays. Please check www.parliament/visit for current information. The Houses of Parliament are generally closed on Sundays and public holidays.


  • Other Awards Self-assessed Accessibility Information 2017

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