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.
The Houses of Parliament at night lit up in rainbow colours

Pride at Night

  • 27 October 2017 From 6pm

Join us at the Houses of Parliament for ‘Pride at Night’ tours to mark 50 years since the passing of the Sexual Offences Act 1967.

The tours highlight the significant part played by LGBT people in Parliament as leaders, legislators, activists, lobbyists and monarchs. They explore the struggle for civil rights from universal condemnation and victimisation to the freedoms and rights enjoyed today.

The journey begins in Westminster Hall with tales of medieval kings before passing through St Stephen’s Hall and into Central Lobby. As the tour moves into the Lords Chamber and the Commons Chamber, narratives from sovereigns and members of both Houses are brought to life through the art and architecture of the Palace of Westminster.

These guided tour experiences in the company of our Visitor Assistant Guides are designed for adults aged 18 and over. Throughout the evening, take the opportunity to purchase drinks from the bar and enjoy the unique atmosphere of Westminster Hall.

Image credit: Kristina Kashtanova

Suitable for

  • 18+



Tickets must be booked in advance. Each ticket includes a timed tour at regular intervals from 6pm.

Bookings can be made from 9am on Friday 29th September by calling our Bookings Team on 020 7219 4114 or online.


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.