Tour of the Houses of Parliament
If you live in East Dunbartonshire and are visiting London, you can arrange a free parliamentary tour. As part of the 75 minute tour you will be able to see both the House of Commons Chamber and the House of Lords Chamber, as well as Central Lobby, the Royal Gallery, Westminster Hall and other important areas in the Palace of Westminster. Visitors can also attend debates in both Houses, so do let me know if you would like to go to a debate and I will try to secure tickets.
These tours are very popular, so it is best to book at least 3 months in advance and be flexible with your dates in order to secure a place. Bookings open 6 months in advance. To book please send me an email at firstname.lastname@example.org giving your name, address and phone number and stating how many people you would like tour tickets for, or ring my Parliamentary office on 0207 219 8088.
For more information on the dates and times available for tours, go to http://www.parliament.uk/visiting/.
Alternatively, visitors can pay for a tour by an official guide on Saturdays, during longer recess periods and the Summer Opening. Tickets can be purchased in advance through Ticketmaster or by queuing on the day.
Elizabeth Tower and Big Ben
There are also free tours available for the Elizabeth Tower (formerly the Clock Tower and also known as Big Ben). Demand is high so early booking and flexibility regarding dates and times is strongly recommended.
Tours take place Monday – Friday at set times of 9.15am, 11.15am and 2.15pm (except Bank Holidays). Due to the exceptional demand they are currently offering an additional time slot of 4.15pm, May - 30 September on Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursdays. As of June 2014 tour times will change to 9.00am, 11.00am and 2.00pm from Monday to Friday, and the additional time slot will change to 4.00pm on Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursdays from May -30 September.
- Space is very limited and early booking, 6 months in advance, is strongly recommended.
- Tours take about 75 minutes.
- Parties must not exceed 16 in number and not more than one party can be arranged per hourChildren aged under 11 are not admitted.
- Tours are free of charge.
- Unfortunately, tours cannot be booked for overseas visitors.
- There are 334 spiral stone steps with only a small respite. There is no lift; therefore, visitors should feel confident about making the climb and descent. For safety and comfort flat shoes should be worn.
- No cameras or photography equipment is permitted
- Mobile Phones must be switched off and out of sight.
- The Elizabeth Tower is not open to the general public.
- Use of the ‘Induction Loop’ system on request.