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.
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The significance of the Tolpuddle Martyrs and the lessons for us today

  • 14 October 2015 From 6:45pm

This lively, illustrated session looks at the harrowing story of the Tolpuddle Martyrs and the role of trade unions in a democratic society today.

Nigel Costley, South West TUC Regional Secretary and Graham Moore, singer-songwriter, tell the story of the six farm workers in 19th century Dorset who were tried and convicted for forming a union. The episode helped establish the rights of working people to form unions.

The case of the Toldpuddle Martyrs is one of the landmarks in the establishment of the trade union movement, and is still widely recognised and celebrated today.


The Houses of Parliament
Macmillan Room
Portcullis House,
Victoria Embankment,

Additional info

We recommend you arrive at least 20 minutes in advance of the advertised start time, in order to allow time for security checks.
If you need help with access, or to request BSL, please contact us as soon as possible by emailing


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Female Suffrage in Scotland

  • 17 October 2015 11am-3pm

Two back-to-back talks about issues related to the struggle for female suffrage and women’s rights in Scotland.

Dr Ann Petrie, esteemed academic who has published articles relating to labour history and Scottish culture, will present The Struggle for Female Suffrage in Scotland.

Senior lecturer at Dundee and expert on Scottish maritime and labour history,
Dr William Kenefick will then present Women and the Trade Union and Labour Movement in Scotland before 1914.

After the lectures, the audience will be invited to participate in a discussion based on both presentations. The aim will be to highlight constitutional development in the context of the inequalities of the early 20th century.


University of Dundee
School of Law,
The Liberty Building,

Additional info

The Alexander Room has step-free access. Access from the car park is via a slope or
steps. Vehicle access down to the Mill can be arranged if required. Please contact the venue prior to booking.


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.