Visit Parliament

I am very happy to arrange for constituents who are visiting London to come to the Houses of Parliament. Should you like to take a tour, I would encourage you to book at least two months in advance to avoid disappointment. You can do so by getting in touch with my office on 0207 219 4000 or via email at stephen@stephentimms.org.uk

As Parliament is a working building, tours are subject to Parliamentary business (which can sometimes restrict access) on the day.  My office can liaise with the Central Tours Office to arrange tours at the following times. For details of when the House is sitting please see here.

Sitting Days

Monday

09:00 - 12:00 full tours

Tuesday

09:00 - 09:55 full tours

10:00 - 12:00 partial tours (House of Lords chamber only)

Wednesday       

09:00 - 09:32 full tours

09:36 - 12:00 partial tours (House of Lords chamber only)

Thursday

No tours

Friday

15:30 - 17:00 full tours

Non Sitting Days & Recesses

Non-sitting Fridays        

09:30 - 17:00 full tours

Recess weekdays         

09:30 - 17:00 full tours

August

Wednesday only: 09:30 - 12:00 full tours

September

Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursdays only: 09:30 - 12:00 full tours

Saturdays, Sundays & Bank Holidays

There are no Members' tours on Saturdays, Sundays or Bank Holidays. If you would like to visit Parliament on a Saturday or during the Summer Recess, tickets can be purchased by clicking here.

Tours of the Elizabeth Tower (Big Ben)

We can arrange tours for constituents wishing to climb the Elizabeth Tower (Big Ben), which run every day of the week. Please note that there is no lift available in the tower and visitors will be required to climb 334 spiral stone steps. Due to the reasonably strenuous nature of this tour, constituents are advised it is not suitable for those with profound health conditions, a fear of heights or children under the age of 11.

Bookings open six months in advance and quickly sell out. If you would like to make a booking you are strongly advised to get in touch before the tickets are released to avoid disappointment.

Tickets to the House of Commons gallery 

I also get allocated a limited number of tickets for constituents to watch debates live in the House of Commons. Please get in touch with my office if you would like to put your name forward for one of these tickets. Due to the popularity of Prime Minister Question Time, I can only book two tickets per month on top of my allocation. Remember that everyone can watch or listen to debates in the House of Commons and in committees on the internet at http://www.parliamentlive.tv/Main/Home.aspx  

Schools

If you are thinking about bringing a school group to visit Parliament then you may wish to contact the Parliamentary Education Service who run a number of workshops and sessions for school children of all ages.