Visiting Parliament

Tours of Parliament

Free guided tours of Parliament are available to constituents. 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 actually 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

The tour lasts around 1 hour 15 minutes. If you have any accessibility requirements let us know and we will work with visitor services to ensure that you are able to access the tour.

Please note that tours are very popular and places are limited so generally have to be booked several months in advance.

Please contact my office on 020 7219 7211 or to book a tour.

Watching a Debate in Parliament

You can also sit in the public gallery of either the House of Commons or the House of Lords to watch a debate during your visit to Westminster. If you want to book gallery tickets in advance contact my office and we can arrange this subject to availability. Most of the time you can turn up on the day and ask to sit in the gallery, sometimes you may have to queue for a short time if the gallery is already full.

On Wednesdays when Prime Minister’s Questions takes place there is a different booking system in place. Tickets are allocated to MPs on a rota basis to ensure that each constituency has access to PMQs tickets. If you would like to book tickets to PMQs please contact me and my office will advise you when tickets are next available.

Please contact my office on 020 7219 7211 or to gallery tickets.

School Visits 

Every year MPs welcome hundreds of school students to Parliament. The usual format is a coach trip, arriving in London during the morning for a free walking tour of the Palace of Westminster.

Anna always tries to meet students during their trip to Westminster to talk about the politics and history of Westminster, the work of an MP and about local issues.

Visits to London can also take in nearby London sights such as Tate Britain, the National Gallery or the London Eye before heading home.

Tours usually need to be booked months in advance. There are two ways of booking a school tour. The first is the normal way via my office. The second is via the Education Service, they provide a tour and additional educational activities, they can also assist with transport in some cases. Contact Parliament’s Education Service if you wish to organise an Education Service tour.

Anna also carries out a programme of school visits throughout the constituency. The visits are a good opportunity for students and teachers to talk to their MP about issues. If you would like to arrange a visit, please contact my office on 0115 943 6507 or