Can the public enter the Houses of Parliament?

Yes, you can go into the Houses of Parliament – either on a tour, to go and see a debate or committee, to watch Prime Minister’s Questions or Minister’s Questions, to attend a talk or event or to go and petition your MP. You can’t, however, just walk around and see the inside of the Palace of Westminster unguided.

Does Parliament have a public gallery?

The Visitors’ Gallery, formally known as the Strangers’ Gallery, is set aside for members of the public at the British House of Commons, and is intended for both invited and uninvited members of the public to watch the proceedings of the House. A similar gallery exists in the House of Lords.

Can you visit the House of Lords?

The House of Lords is open to the public. You can watch business in the chamber and select committees or tour Parliament as the guest of a member for free. You can also tour Parliament as a visitor on Saturdays and in summer recess.

Is it free to visit Parliament House?

Explore the Parliament with a free guided tour, kicking off at 1:30pm every Monday and Friday. Over one hour, our friendly guides will take you through the Legislative Chambers and the historic Parkes, Wentworth and Jubilee rooms.

How much is it to visit the Houses of Parliament?


Child ticket £0.01 to £11.50 per ticket
Concession ticket £17.00 to £22.00 per ticket
Adult ticket £19.50 to £26.50 per ticket

Is Palace of Westminster Free?

Sitting in the Galleries of both the Commons and the Lords is entirely free. In fact, taking in the debates is #3 on our list of top 10 free things to do in London. Access is only accessible when either House is in session.

Who can attend Parliament?

Who can attend the meetings of both Houses of Parliament

  • The Solicitor General of India.
  • The Vice-President of India.
  • The Comptroller and Auditor General of India.
  • The Attorney General of India.

Is the House of Commons more powerful than the House of Lords?

The House of Lords remained more powerful than the House of Commons, but the Lower House continued to grow in influence, reaching a zenith in relation to the House of Lords during the middle 17th century.

Is a Lord higher than a duke?

The highest grade is duke/duchess, followed by marquess/marchioness, earl/countess, viscount/viscountess and baron/baroness. Dukes and duchesses are addressed with their actual title, but all other ranks of the peerage have the appellation Lord or Lady. Non hereditary life peers are also addressed as Lord or Lady.

How much does it cost to visit the Parliament House?

Entry to the Parliament is free, with doors open from 9:00am to 5:00pm Monday to Friday.

Where is the entrance to the House of Parliament?

Most visitors to the Houses of Parliament will come to the Palace of Westminster (postcode SW1A 0AA, entrance marked 8 on the map) or Portcullis House (postcode SW1A 2LW, entrance marked 4 on the map).

Where can I buy tickets for the UK Parliament?

Visitors wishing to purchase tickets for tours should go to the Ticket Office located at the front of Portcullis House (post code SW1A 2LW, marked 5 on the map). Visitors travelling on the London Underground can use the District, Circle or Jubilee lines to get to Westminster station, which is fully wheelchair accessible.

Is it free to visit the UK Parliament?

View all guided and audio tours available to visitors. UK Parliament runs on-site and online events throughout the year. These include specialist tours, lectures, and exhibitions. UK residents and international visitors can watch PMQ’s, debates, and committees for free. Tickets are required for PMQs.

Where is the public parking at Parliament Hill?

The public entrance is located near the northwest corner of the building. There is no parking available on Parliament Hill or at the Senate of Canada Building, but a number of private and city parking lots are located nearby. Parliament is served by several bus routes.