- Tourist Attractions
Suitable for ages: Babies and Toddlers (0-3), Young Children (4-8) and Older Children (9-12)
Venue type: Indoor
The Houses of Parliament have created an audio tour especially for families with children! The commentary is delivered in the style of a 'live' news broadcast and time travelling reporters are called upon throughout the tour to report from the scene on many of the stories associated with this historic building.
New Tours for the first half of 2016 vary across the seasons but include ‘Votes for Women!' Family Tours, Suffragette Themed Tours and one based on A Short History of Women in Parliament. These of course will follow individual programmes separate to the existing tours.
The standard audio tours and guided tours include the route taken by the Queen at State Opening of Parliament; from the Queen's Robing Room, through the Royal Gallery and Prince's Chamber, into the majestic Lords' Chamber. Tours then move on through Central Lobby, Member's Lobby and one of the voting lobbies before entering the Commons Chamber, scene of many lively debates.
Passing through St Stephen's Hall, the tours end in 900 year old Westminster Hall. This is where Guy Fawkes and King Charles I were tried and where Nelson Mandela and Barack Obama addressed Parliament in more recent years.
The audio tours are recommended for families. The guided tours are not really suitable for younger children due to the length of the tours (90 minutes) and the amount of walking involved.
Images reproduced with the permission of Parliament.
- Restaurant Onsite
- Snacks Available
- Toilets Available
- Baby Changing Available
- Disabled Toilets Available
- Parking Not Available
Getting There and Contact Information
Houses of Parliament, Westminster, Greater London, SW1A 0AA, England
Click here to visit Houses of Parliament Tour's website
020 7219 4114
Standard Opening Times and Pricing
Audio and guided tours available on Saturdays throughout the year and on most weekdays during Parliamentary recesses including the summer, Christmas and Easter. New Special Tours are available for the first half of 2016 and are individually timetabled.
Audio tours: Adults: £18 Children (5 to 15 years): One child free with each paying adult, £7.20 for each additional child Children (under 5): Free Concessions (over 60s, students, members of the UK Armed Forces): £15.50
Jubilee Cafe, located next to Westminster Hall, offers a selection of light meals, and hot and cold drinks.