If you would like to visit Parliament I will be happy to arrange a tour of Parliament or Public Gallery tickets in my capacity as your MP (subject to availability).
Democratic access tours of Parliament
The tours start at the following times, depending on whether Parliament is in session (‘sitting’). They last for approximately 75 minutes.
- Monday: 9am-12pm, full tour
- Tuesday: 9am-9.55 am full tour, 10am-12pm House of Lords tour only
- Wednesday: 9am – 9.55am full tour, 10am – 12pm House of Lords tour only
- Thursday: No tours
- Fridays: 3.30pm – 5.15pm full tour
Non-Sitting Days and Recesses:
- Summer recess (once both Houses have risen) : Monday 9.30am – 12.30pm (except Bank Holidays)
- Short November recess: 9.30am – 5.00pm
- All other recesses: Mondays 9.30am – 5.00pm (except the late May Bank Holiday where tours will move to the Tuesday)
Tickets for other days (including weekends) can be purchased on the Parliament UK website.
Members’ tours are free and under no circumstances should a fee be paid to anyone. They should also not be offered as raffle/auction prizes or similar.
If you would like to book a tour, please email me at firstname.lastname@example.org with details of potential dates and the number of people in your party, remembering to include your full postal address. My office will then contact Parliament’s Tours Office to find out whether they have any spaces available. The usual maximum number of people per group is 25, but it may be possible to split larger groups over two or more time slots.
Please note that the tours are very popular and often get booked up several months in advance. Early booking and flexibility regarding dates and times is therefore recommended.
Further information is available on the Parliament website.
Big Ben Tours
Due to essential works needed to refurbish and repair the Elizabeth Tower and the Great Clock, Big Ben tours will be suspended from December 17th 2016 for three years.
Further details and updates concerning the refurbishment works can be found here.
Educational Visits for Schools
These visits are much more specialised and as such are handled by the dedicated Houses of Parliament Education Service.
Please contact the Education Service Directly if you would like more information:
Phone – 020 7219 4496 Email: email@example.com
Please do let me know if you are visiting with a school or educational group as I will always do my best to come along for a short Q&A session.
Tickets for Prime Minister’s Questions & Other Debates
Prime Minister’s Questions (PMQs) takes place every Wednesday from 12.00-12.30pm when the House is sitting.
I am only allocated a few tickets to Prime Minister’s Questions (PMQs) every year, so there is a very long waiting list. Once I submit a request for PMQs tickets it is still subject to a random ballot so tickets cannot be guaranteed, unfortunately. That said, I am usually able to offer most people tickets within 12-18 months. If you would like to be added to the waiting list please email me at firstname.lastname@example.org with your full postal address and whether it is for just yourself or yourself and one other person (and if so, their name). I am only able to apply for up to two tickets at a time.
Other Departmental Question Times tend to be much less busy. You can see a schedule of the upcoming Question Times here, and I will be happy to book tickets for you and up to 5 other people for one of these. To do this please email me letting me know which Question Time you would like to attend along with your full postal address and the names of everyone attending.
Debates and question times other than PMQs tend to be much less busy. It is usually possible to queue for tickets on the day, but please bear in mind that this may involve quite a long wait and that any spare tickets are always allocated on a first-come, first-served basis.