Free Visit of Houses of Parliament - Arrange with your MP
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Free Visit of Houses of Parliament - Arrange with your MP

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Found 9th Jun
The tour is really interesting but photography is very limited. You can send a postcard from a little post office located inside Westminster - which makes it a nice special memory. There is a gift shop and a café inside also. I am not sure if children are allowed to visit. Just a tip - the male receptionist was very rude, so politely say you prefer to speak to his female colleague instead.

Great day out for those who like history. As expected, you will be searched an awful lot, so I suggest you make things easier and buy your snacks at Tesco's on the way out.

E-mail you MP today, it takes months for a visit to be arranged and if a sudden election happens then your visit will be cancelled. So the sooner, the better.

Text from their own website:
"Democratic access tours sponsored by a Member of Parliament (MP) or a Member of the House of Lords are available to UK residents, free of charge.

What does the tour cover?

An expert guide will accompany you on this 75 minute tour that recounts the history of the Palace of Westminster and describes how the business and traditions of both Houses contribute to the day to day workings of the UK Parliament.

When the Houses are sitting, the full tour route may not always be available and can be subject to last minute changes or cancellation due to parliamentary business.

Times and availabilityThese tours can be booked up to 6 months in advance. Since demand can be high, early booking is recommended although not always essential.

Tours start between the following times:

During parliamentary sessions

  • Monday: 9.00am-12noon (full tour)
  • Tuesday and Wednesday: 9.00am-9.55am (full tour)
  • Tuesday and Wednesday: 10.00am-12noon (partial tour; House of Lords only)
  • Thursday: no tours
  • Sitting Fridays: 3.30pm-5.15pm (full tour)
  • Non-Sitting Fridays: 9.30am-5.15pm (full tour)
During parliamentary recesses

  • Summer recess: Monday morning 9.30am-12.30pm (except Bank Holidays)
  • Short November recess: 9.30am-5.15pm
  • All other recesses: Monday 9.30am-5.15pm (except Bank Holidays when an alternative day will be made available)
Democratic access tours are not available on Saturdays, Sundays and Bank Holidays."
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My MP is a real party pooper.

Won't let me take fireworks to celebrate.
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Heat for the visit.
I think the guides/Mp's may annoy me though.



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Do you think I'd be allowed in the undercroft?
As fun as this would be, my father once loudly heckled our MP at a local function and so applying for a tour could be socially awkward.
We did this at half term thanks to Anna Soubry MP. Unfortunately she was unable to come down and meet us as she was having root treatment.
@mattgrant - I'd go on a paid public tour if I thought my MP would come anywhere near the tour "he'd arranged" on my behalf.
My MP is a real party pooper.

Won't let me take fireworks to celebrate.
I would like to go one day thx
Markusdragon54 m ago

As fun as this would be, my father once loudly heckled our MP at a local …As fun as this would be, my father once loudly heckled our MP at a local function and so applying for a tour could be socially awkward.


It is normally an assistant from the MP's office who accompanies you on the tour. So, unless you write on the e-mail "My dad heckled you" they will probably not have the faintest idea of who you are. Even if they do, you still have the right to go on a tour, regardless on whether you support your MP or not.
Silurianxx1 h, 26 m ago

Do you think I'd be allowed in the undercroft?


I wasn't taken there, there was an event going on at the main entrance. But you can ask if that is possible on your e-mail to your MP. I'm not sure if paid tours would take you there either.
mattgrant34 m ago

We did this at half term thanks to Anna Soubry MP. Unfortunately she was …We did this at half term thanks to Anna Soubry MP. Unfortunately she was unable to come down and meet us as she was having root treatment.


You'd have thought she could have re-arranged a hairdressers appointment!
This is well worth doing. Lots of interesting places in the buidings, and an insight into how it all works (wih all its daftness and archaic rules - maybe in spite of them!).
Thank you so much for this, my husband and I were talking about this only a few days ago, I went there years and years ago and I encourage everyone to try to visit it.
Just managed to arrange one at 2 weeks' notice, so there isn't always a long lead time
Is travel included? Guess they could claim it back on Thier expenses?
Thoroughly recommended. I paid contribution for coach
Matthew7743 h, 47 m ago

Thoroughly recommended. I paid contribution for coach


so can you get downthere with mp ??
Noveed5 h, 51 m ago

Is travel included? Guess they could claim it back on Thier expenses?


If that is the case, I am sure overnight accomodation will be included in some swanky London home. !
mattgrant11 h, 14 m ago

We did this at half term thanks to Anna Soubry MP. Unfortunately she was …We did this at half term thanks to Anna Soubry MP. Unfortunately she was unable to come down and meet us as she was having root treatment.


I always thought she was a natural blonde
Have done this before and thought it was really interesting
You can also get free tickets to prime minister's questions .
Would we get access to their pub/restaurant? Wonder if my MP would be willing to buy us some lobster
We did the free tour earlier in the year.
You can take kids but can be a bit dull for them.
Silurianxx22 h, 41 m ago

Do you think I'd be allowed in the undercroft?


Don’t be filthy
fablanta10 h, 37 m ago

I always thought she was a natural blonde


I can confirm she is
I recent had a visit from interpol & special branch... Subsequently do you think I would still be allowed on this tour?
I wonder if Priti Patel could arrange a private undercroft visit for me?
my MP is nonother than Jezza himself and lets just say were not great buds...
Did this a few years ago and local MP herself took two of us all over the Estate including Portcullis House, onto the PoW terrace and the Strangers Bar for a pint.
Really interesting.
i emailed my MP and he never responded back to me...
Or simply walk to the front door and ask for entry, saying that you are interested in politics and and a visit to the Lord's and Commons. I did this at the weekend, it's free. Just a small blag, but we got in
ParadisePapers11th Jun

Contact him/her via https://www.theyworkforyou.com in that case.


thanks, lets see what happens!
I did this about 10 yrs ago through my MP. It did work and we found it to be very interesting. You get the tour and history of the place. Very worthwhile.
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