MPs are able to sponsor free tours of the Houses of Parliament for their constituents only when the House of Commons is in session.

Tours are generally fully booked several months in advance. Demand is high so early booking and flexibility regarding dates and times is strongly recommended. Large groups need to be especially flexible.

Tours last approximately 75 minutes and start between 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-5.15pm (full tour)
  • Non-Sitting Fridays: 9.30am-5.15pm (full tour)

The following dates are when Parliament is in recess this session and tours cannot be sponsored by MPs:

Summer               24 July 2018                        4 September 2018

Conference          13 September 2018             9 October 2018

November            6 November 2018              12 November 2018

Christmas            20 December 2018              7 January 2019

When the House is in recess, the same tour is offered on a commercial basis, and more information is available on the website page here.

To book an MP sponsored tour, please email with preferences for dates and times, and include your full name and address, and the number of people in your group. For large groups with children (such as school or church trips), please include their ages.

The Elizabeth Tower (which houses Big Ben) is closed for maintenance. We will be unable to book any Big Ben tours until early 2020.

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