Tours of Parliament

r_seaman@hotmail.comVisiting Parliament can be a fantastic experience for people, whether it is a full tour of the historic Palace, a trip up to see Big Ben, or a chance to watch the House of Commons in session.

There are a number of ways to come and visit, and my office is always happy to assist anybody who wants to make the trip down to London and come and see their Parliament.

If you are interested in a full tour of the entire estate, these can be booked through my office, free of charge. There is sometimes a waiting list for the official tours, however if you have a special date in mind we should be able to accommodate you and make sure you are able to see as much as possible. All you need to do is email me or give my office a call and we can set this up for you.

If you want to visit Big Ben the same process applies, however, due to the limited size of the groups that can go up the tower on a daily basis, the waiting list is slightly longer and only official tour parties are allowed up, so please do get in touch with us well in advance of your trip to avoid disappointment.

Whenever Parliament is in session you are free to come in and watch any debate or public committee meeting that you wish to, whether that is the House of Commons or the House of Lords. You do not require any identification, and only need to pass through airport-style security to come inside and sit in on a debate. You can find more information on the dates Parliament are in session here, and please do let me know if you are coming down to watch a session as I will try my best to come and see you.

At weekends and during the summer recess commercial tours operate, which mean that Parliament is only open to paying tour groups. You can come down and buy a ticket on the day, or book in advance, and have either have an audio-guide headset or a person take you around. More details for these tours can be found here.

For any other questions please get in touch with me, or visit the tours page on Parliament’s website here.

I hope to see you in Parliament soon!

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