The Palace of Westminster, is one of the most historically and architecturally interesting buildings in the world. If you would like to visit and you are one of my constituents, my team would be delighted to assist you. Please contact George Foote on 0207 219 5129 or email

There are a number of different tour and visiting options available, details of which can be found via the following link and further down this page.

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Members' Tours are only available to UK residents and are free of charge, but have to be arranged through your MP. These tours are run by the Parliamentary tours service, and one of their guides will show you around the Palace of Westminster, including the House of Commons Chamber, House of Lords Chamber and Westminster Hall. Please note this tour does not include the Queen Elizabeth II Tower, best known as Big Ben. The demand is high, so you will need to book some time in advance, especially for big groups (maximum 25)

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)

To book yourself on a tour please contact my Parliamentary Assistant, George Foote, at

Big Ben tours take you up the Queen Elizabeth II Tower, where you can see Parliament's famous Big Ben bells in action. Demand for these tours is very high, so booking takes place 6 months in advance and by ballot. If you would like to enter this ballot please get in touch with my Parliamentary Assistant at least 6 months before your visit, stating what days and times you are available, at Applications for the ballot have to be made through my office, and are submitted on the first working day of each month. Tours take around 90 minutes, though please note that due to the level of demand success in the ballot is not guaranteed.

  • Tours are at set times of 9.00am, 11.00am and 2.00pm Monday-Friday (except Bank Holidays).
  • There is also a tour at 4.00pm from May to September.
  • There are no Elizabeth Tower tours available from 24 December to 2 January.

Parliament has a special education service to cater for school visits.

These visits have a programme which includes a tour of Parliament and a visit to Parliament's new education centre, and can also include a talk from your MP. Transport costs for the tours can also be subsidised; check here to see if your school is eligible for subsidised transport. It is worth noting that these visits are very popular, so if your school would like to visit, you will need to contact the Parliamentary Education Service some time in advance. More information can be found via the following link or by telephoning 020 7219 4496. If you have any problems please do get in touch with my office. 020 7219 5129

During Parliamentary recess, when Parliament is not sitting, tours are run on a commercial basis for a charge. These tours can be booked at the entrance to Parliament's Portcullis House, by calling 020 7219 4114 or online via this link.

House of Commons select committees are largely concerned with examining the work of government departments.

Some select committees have a role that crosses departmental boundaries such as the Public Accounts or Environmental Audit Committees. Depending on the issue under consideration they can look at any or all of the government departments.

Select committee meetings usually take place in Parliament on Monday afternoons, all day on Tuesday and Wednesday, and Thursday mornings.

Each committee typically meets once each week, although committees meet twice if they are particularly busy. Meetings where evidence is taken do not usually last longer than three hours.

There is no system of tickets or advanced booking. Places are limited and visitors are admitted on a first come, first served basis.

It is worth checking the Parliamentary Calendar in order to see when committees are scheduled to meet.

For more information click here