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

PLEASE READ THIS PAGE FULLY AND FOLLOW INSTRUCTIONS BEFORE CONTACTING LYN’S OFFICE. Without the correct information, we will not be able to contact the tours office on your behalf.

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 (5+) 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)

There are dates when tours do not take place, including during recess dates. However, partially due to the current situation in Parliament, it is not always possible to know in advance when recesses will be happening. Therefore it is advisable to suggest at least 4 different dates.

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

To book an MP sponsored tour, please email brownl@parliament.uk 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 religious group trips), please include their ages. We regret that we are unable to make a booking until we have all of this information. 

The Elizabeth Tower (which houses Big Ben) is closed for maintenance. We will be unable to book any Big Ben tours for the foreseeable future.

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