Parliament is free and open to all British and Commonwealth subjects during sitting days. However, should you wish to visit as part of a school, apply to attend Prime Minister’s Questions or have a guided tour of Parliament, different rules apply. In all cases (except PMQs) bookings can made online or by calling the bookings team on 0207 219 4114.
Richard Holden is always delighted when constituents visit Parliament and will do everything he can to meet them if they wish as part of their visit.
Please be advised that all visitors must pass through airport-style security.
Attending Debates (free, no booking)
Anyone can visit Parliament for free to watch a public Parliamentary Proceeding, this includes Debates in the House of Commons & House of Lords, as well as other proceedings such as Committee meetings. No booking is required. Certain parts of Parliament such as Westminster Hall and Central Lobby are usually open to the public for browsing, which you can do in your own time. More info
Tour of Parliament (free for UK residents, booking required)
UK residents can book free 75-minute tours before the House begins Sitting most mornings. Note tours do not include the House of Commons Chamber on Thursdays. During non-sitting days (most Fridays & Saturdays) Parliament operates commercial tours which can be purchased online. All options must be booked in advance. Other free options include an Online Guided Tour. Book online
Attending Prime Minister’s Questions (free, limited spaces, request through your local MP Office)
If you want to attend Prime Minister’s Questions on a Sitting Wednesday (note not during school holidays) then you have to request tickets through your local MP’s office. Spaces are very limited and MPs can only apply for 2 tickets per month. Even so, application on behalf on constituents does not guarantee success, as if a certain week proves popular space allocations for MP guests will be balloted. If you wish to request to watch PMQs then please let us know as far in advance as possible as this increases your chance of success. Please also be aware that as both Houses sit on Wednesdays, it is not possible to then be toured following PMQs as the Chambers are restricted to Parliamentarians.
School Visits (free, booking required)
Schools and other education institutions should book to visit Parliament through the Education Centre. Students can then enjoy a unique learning experience, as well as get to see history being made first-hand with a tour of the Houses of Parliament. Education session can also include a Q&A with Richard Holden MP, subject to parliamentary business. School visits are usually booked a term in advance. Book school visit