Parliament is open to visitors year round for tours of the iconic buildings. There is a range of tours and full details can be found on the Parliament website. When parliament is sitting members of the public can watch debates and committee meetings.
Constituents are able to access a free 75 minutes guided walking tour if booked through the office of their MP. This is known as a 'democratic acceess guided tour'.
The walking tour of the Palace of Westminster includes:
- Westminster Hall, the ancient hall at the heart of the Palace where Parliament first sat and where many historic events have taken place
- The House of Commons, including the Speaker's Chair and the famous green benches and the 'lobbies' where MPs go to vote
- The House of Lords, including the Royal Throne
- The Queen's Robing Room, Royal Gallery and many other fascinating parts of the Palace of Westminster
Please note that tours are very popular and places are limited and generally have to be booked about six months in advance.
If you are a constituent and would like to take advantage of this opportunity please contact my Westminster office to make arrangements.
Attending Prime Minister's Questions
Prime Minister's Questions (PMQs) in the Commons Chamber is a popular session. It takes place every Wednesday when the House is sitting at 12 noon. It is a ticked event. Tickets are free of charge and are available only to UK residents. Overseas visitors my queue on the day and are able to watch is thre is space in the gallery. Tickets for PMQs are availabel through MPs who have a limited number of tickets allocated to them each year on set days.
Advance booking is essential to be sure of entry. At present the waiting list for tickets for PMQs from John's allocation is about two years.