MPs can sponsor tours of Parliament for constituents who would like to visit.
Unfortunately, however, as almost one million people work in Mark’s constituency but only 71 000 live here, Mark can only sponsor tours for permanent residents of the constituency.
Tours are given to constituents free of charge, and must NOT be sold for profit to third parties.
A full tour takes approximately 75 minutes and takes in Sovereign’s Entrance, Norman Porch, Royal Gallery, Prince’s Chamber, the House of Lords Chamber, Central Lobby, Voting Lobby, Members’ Lobby, the House of Commons Chamber, St Stephen’s Hall and Westminster Hall.
A partial tour is the same but misses out the Voting Lobby, Members’ Lobby and Commons Chamber. These tours take place when the House is sitting (when debates are taking p
The maximum group size is 20. Numbers for groups are restricted by Palace authorities, and it is therefore advisable to book well in advance.
|Mondays||09.00 to 12 Noon||Full Tours|
|Tuesdays||09.00 to 12 Noon||Full Tours|
|Wednesdays||09.00 to 09.20||Full Tours|
|-||09.25 to 12 Noon||Partial Tours (Lords Only)|
|Fridays||15.30 to 17.00||Full Tours|
Non Sitting Days & Recesses
|Christmas / New Year||Closed||-|
|Easter and Spring||Weekdays||09.30 – 17.00|
|Whitsun Recess||Weekdays||09.30 – 17.00|
|Prorogation||Weekdays||09.30 – 17.00|
|July and August||Wednesdays and Thursdays||09.30 to 12 noon|
|September and October||Tuesdays, Wednesdays||-|
|-||and Thursdays||09.30 to 12 Noon|
There are no Member’s tours on Saturdays, Sundays or Bank Holidays.
To request a tour please e-mail Mark’s office with a firm idea of the number of people who will be in your party and the date you would like to visit. Please note that while all will be done to accommodate your request, high demand for these complimentary tours may mean that your first choice of date and time may not be available.
MPs are allocated a small number of gallery tickets each month, and only three pairs of tickets a year for Prime Minister’s Questions. Unfortunately due to high demand, Mark’s PMQ tickets have already been allocated for the next two years, and it has been decided in the interests of fairness not to begin a waiting list. Constituents can still request gallery tickets for other debates by contacting Mark’s office. Please have an idea of the Departmental session you would like to attend (eg. Health, Education).
Take a tour of the clock tower
A tour of Parliament does not include a trip to see Big Ben, but constituents may wish to visit the clock tower on a separately-arranged tour. Constituents should note it is not always possible to arrange a tour of the Palace and clock tower on the same day.
Due to the security risks involved in allowing people to tour Big Ben’s tower, security checks need to be undertaken on visitors. It is recommended, therefore, that visitors book their tour at least three weeks before they wish to go, although those with foreign passports should allow more time.
Unfortunately children under eleven are not permitted to join the tours, and all visitors must be fit and able (and not scared of heights!) as there are 334 spiral steps to negotiate with little respite. Tours are for a maximum of sixteen visitors at a time.
Visits start at 10.30am, 11.30am, 2.30pm and occasionally 9.30am on Mondays to Fridays. Tours take about an hour and parties should gather in Portcullis House reception no later than 10 minutes before their appointed tour time.
Please note that visitors are not permitted to take photographs inside the parliamentary estate.