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The Houses of Parliament

UK residents can visit Parliament to watch laws being made, attend debates, committees or judicial hearings, use the Archives, tour the estate and climb the Clock Tower (Big Ben).

Overseas visitors can watch laws being made, attend debates, committees and judicial hearings, visit the Archives and tour Parliament during the Summer Opening.
 
Visitors who tour Parliament will see the key areas of the estate, such as the Commons and Lords debating chambers and the Queen’s Robing Room. UK residents can tour throughout the year; overseas visitors may only tour during the Summer Opening. Accompanied by a trained guide, visitors travel through designated areas of the parliamentary estate. Tours take about 75 minutes.
 
UK residents
Free tours are held throughout the year, and you need to arrange a place through your MP or a Lord. Visitors pay for a tour during the Summer Opening, in advance or by queuing on the day.
 
Overseas Visitors 
Overseas visitors can only tour Parliament during the Summer Opening, when paid-for tickets are available. However, overseas visitors may still attend debates and committees throughout the year.
 
The Houses of Parliament Address: 
House of Commons
London
SW1A 0AA
England, UK

House of Lords
London
SW1A 0PW
England, UK

The Houses of Parliament Opening Times:       
See website for details

The Houses of Parliament Admission:             
Tickets for Summer Openings are available on the day from the Ticket Office located next to the Jewel Tower in Old Palace Yard (opposite the Houses of Parliament). Visitors are advised to pre-book tours in advance by calling 0870 906 3773.
Please note that tours are not recommended for young children as there is a lot of walking.  Pushchairs are allowed, but larger models will not fit in certain areas.

T  Commons Information Office  +44 (0)20 7219 4272
    Lords Information Office        +44 (0)20 7219 3107
 

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