Want to Visit Parliament?
UK residents are able to book a tour of Parliament through their MP. The tour route passes through Westminster Hall – the oldest part of the Parliamentary estate – the House of Lords and the House of Commons. Tours are also available for larger groups such as school trips.
Each tour lasts approximately one hour. Please note that tours are only available for certain dates and at certain times, depending on whether Parliament is sitting.
For more information about visiting Parliament please go to Visit Parliament.
Members of the public are able to watch the House of Commons in action. The first hour of each day is set aside for question time, when MPs are able to ask a range of questions to a Minster, who responds on behalf of the Government. The rest of the time is allocated for debates on government legislation and a range of other policy issues.
MPs can try to arrange tickets for the gallery, although Members only have a very small ticket allocation every fortnight.
It is also possible for visitors to join the public queue outside St. Stephen’s Entrance; however a wait of 1 or 2 hours is common during the afternoons. Please note tickets for PMQs on a Wednesday need to be booked well in advance due to demand.