Visit Parliament

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Duncan is happy to sponsor tours of the Houses of Parliament for any constituents who would like to visit. These are free of charge and cannot be sold to third parties. However, due to high demand, it is advised that you contact Duncan’s office well in advance to secure a place.

Tours depart from the Cromwell Green Visitors Entrance and last for 75 minutes. They depart every five minutes at the following times:

During Parliamentary Sessions:

  • Monday: 9.00am-12noon (full tour)
  • Tuesday and Wednesday: 9.00am-9.55am (full tour)
  • Tuesday and Wednesday: 10.00am-12noon (partial tour; House of Lords only)
  • Thursday: no tours
  • Sitting Fridays: 3.30pm-5.00pm (full tour)
  • Non-Sitting Fridays: 9.30am-5.00pm (full tour)

Please note that when Parliament is sitting, the full tour route may not always be available or may be subject to last minute change.

During Recesses:

  • Summer Recess: Monday morning 9.30am-12.30pm (except Bank Holidays)
  • Short November Recess: 9.30am-5.00pm
  • All other Recess: Monday 9.30am-5.00pm (except Bank Holidays when an alternative day will be made available)

You can find the dates of Recesses here.

There are no tours on Saturdays, Sundays and Bank Holidays.

To book a tour, please email duncan@duncanhames.org.uk providing some suitable dates for a visit and the number of visitors in your party. Please also supply your name, address and a contact telephone number. All details will be treated confidentially. Unfortunately, due to the demand for tours, we cannot guarantee that your first choice of date and time will be accommodated.

All visitors will need to pass through airport-style security upon arrival at Parliament. Please be advised that mobile phones must be turned off during the tour and cameras are not permitted beyond Westminster Hall.

Big Ben and the Elizabeth Tower tours

Constituents can also contact Duncan to set up a tour of the Elizabeth Tower and Big Ben. The tour takes you to the top of the Elizabeth Tower to hear Big Ben strike the hour, and includes the opportunity to visit the mechanism room behind the clock faces.

Tours are free of charge, and start at set times of 9.00am, 11.00am and 2.00pm Monday-Friday (except Bank Holidays).

Elizabeth Tower tours are only available to UK residents only, and regrettably not to overseas visitors.

To book a tour, please email duncan@duncanhames.org.uk. Due to high demand and the required security checks for all visitors which must be undertaken prior to your Elizabeth Tower tour, we suggest booking at least 6 months in advance. Unfortunately, we cannot guarantee an Elizabeth Tower tour on the same day as a tour of Parliament.

Gallery tickets

The galleries both the House of Commons and the House of Lords are open to the public when the Houses are sitting.

Free tickets are required to get into the gallery for Prime Minister's Questions. MPs are allocated two tickets for roughly one session of PMQs in every 11. If you'd like to request Duncan's allocation of tickets for a session of PMQs, please email duncan@duncanhames.org.uk.

Tickets are not required at other times. There is a public queue for visitors outside the Cromwell Green visitor entrance, and a wait of one or two hours is common (although it's usually less for the House of Lords).

 

More details about visiting Parliament are available on the Parliament website.