Houses of Parliament

Houses of Parliament at dusk
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The Palace of Westminster is the home of the UK's Houses of Parliament , including the House of Commons and the House of Lords.

Parliament is responsible for making and changing the laws of the United Kingdom and checking the work of the Government.

The palace is also home to centuries of history and tradition.

Venue Type:

Heritage site

Opening hours

Parliament is open to all members of the UK public and overseas visitors.

You can attend debates and watch committee hearings, tour the buildings or climb the famous Clock Tower and see Big Ben.

Go to to find out how to visit.

Parliament's Education Service also offers free workshops and tours for schools.

Visit to find out how to bring your school.

Admission charges

UK residents and overseas visitors may freely attend debates and committees in Parliament throughout the year.

Free tours of the Palace of Westminster taking in the House of Commons and House of Lords are also available to UK residents. They often require booking several months in advance.

Overseas visitors may tour the palace during the summer recess, when paid-for tickets are available.

Education workshops and tours are freely available. Visit the Education Service's website for more information on how to arrange a visit:

Events details are listed below. You may need to scroll down or click on headers to see them all. For events that don't have a specific date see the 'Resources' tab above.
Troops going over the top at The Battle of the Somme

The Battle of the Somme film screening at the Houses of Parliament

  • 20 July 2016 7-8:30pm

The Battle of the Somme was one of the bloodiest battles in human history, with more than one million men wounded or killed. The film remains of one of the most successful British films ever made, with an estimated 20 million tickets sold in the UK in the first two months of release.

To accompany the film there has been a specially commissioned score that makes for a moving audio and visual experience as preparations for the battle unfold.

Lord Clark of Windermere will open the event and Dr Toby Haggith, Senior Curator of Films at the Imperial War Museum, will speak about the film’s context before it is screened

Suitable for

  • 18+
  • 14-15
  • 16-17


Attlee Suite, Portcullis House
Bridge Street, Westminster SW1A 2LW

Additional info

Please allow 20 minutes to get through security.


Resources listed here may include websites, bookable tours and workshops, books, loan boxes and more. You may need to scroll down or click on headers to see them all.
Parliament and the First World War

Parliament and the First World War

Parliament is commemorating the centenary of the First World War. ‘Parliament and the First World War’ is a new hub webpage where you can find all our historical and educational resources, and discover more about the history of the War through our Works of Art, Archives and other Parliamentary collections.

You can also find all the latest news and events surrounding the centenary in the House of Commons and House of Lords, and explore our collection of videos about Parliament and the War.

Find ‘Parliament and the First World War’ at

Follow us on Twitter: @ParliamentWW1

Parliament's Education Service

Parliament's Education Service works with schools to support young people's understanding of Parliament and democracy.

The service offers a visits programme bringing students into Parliament, an outreach team training teachers around the UK and a website distributing a range of engaging resources for both teachers and students.

All our programmes and resources are designed to support the citizenship strand of the National Curriculum.


  • Parliament's Education Service

How to obtain

All services and resources are freely available to UK schools.

Houses of Parliament
Greater London


UK Parliament

Education Service


House of Commons Information Office

House of Lords Information Office


Education Service

020 7219 4496

House of Commons Information Office

020 7219 4272

House of Lords Information Office

020 7219 3107

All information is drawn from or provided by the venues themselves and every effort is made to ensure it is correct. Please remember to double check opening hours with the venue concerned before making a special visit.