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  • Self-assessed Accessibility Information

Historic House

Address

Westminster,
London,
SW1A 0AA

Houses of Parliament

Houses of Parliament

Details

There are many ways to visit the Houses of Parliament.

UK residents and overseas visitors may watch debates taking place in the House of Commons and House of Lords Chambers or watch a committee hearing.

UK residents can contact their local MP to arrange a guided tour. There is no charge for tours booked in this way but they are generally fully booked six months in advance. Demand is high so early booking and flexibility regarding dates and times is strongly recommended.

Audio and guided tours are available to visitors from the UK and overseas on Saturdays throughout the year and on most weekdays during Parliamentary recesses including Christmas, Easter and the summer. There is a charge for these tours. Advanced booking is recommended but not essential.

Most 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, Members’ 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.

The Houses of Parliament continues to work to improve accessibility for all visitors. To help plan visits to the Houses of Parliament see the video ‘How to access the Houses of Parliament’ which includes a welcome from Tanni, Baroness Grey-Thompson http://www.parliament.uk/accessibility.

Baby changing facilitiesCoach parties acceptedCredit cards accepted (no fee)Disabled toiletsFrench signs/guidesGerman signs/guidesGift shopItalian signs/guidesOn-site cateringOn-site light refreshmentsPublic toiletsSpanish signs/guidesWheelchairs availableAccepts groups

Children welcomeDisabled accessDogs not accepted (except guidedogs)Smoking not allowedFacilities for hearing impairedFacilities for visually impaired

No photography (except in Westminster Hall).

Opening details

Weekday opening times for tours and debates vary depending on whether the Houses are in session. Tours are available on most Saturdays. Please check www.parliament/visit for current information. The Houses of Parliament are generally closed on Sundays and public holidays.

Prices

There is no charge to watch debates.

For those tours where there is a charge group rates are available for groups of 10 or more if booked in advance. Concessions on individual prices are offered for over 60s, students and members of the UK Armed Forces. Standard prices apply to visitors with disabilities who may bring a companion free of charge.

Directions

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Map reference: TQ 302796  Lat: 51.50049 Long: -0.12547

Accessible by Public Transport: 0 miles from Westminster station

Facilities

  • Baby changing facilitiesBaby changing facilities
  • Coach parties acceptedCoach parties accepted
  • Credit cards accepted (no fee)Credit cards accepted (no fee)
  • Disabled toiletsDisabled toilets
  • French signs/guidesFrench signs/guides
  • German signs/guidesGerman signs/guides
  • Gift shopGift shop
  • Italian signs/guidesItalian signs/guides
  • On-site cateringOn-site catering
  • On-site light refreshmentsOn-site light refreshments
  • Public toiletsPublic toilets
  • Spanish signs/guidesSpanish signs/guides
  • Wheelchairs availableWheelchairs available
  • Accepts groupsAccepts groups
  • Children welcomeChildren welcome
  • Disabled accessDisabled access
  • Dogs not accepted (except guidedogs)Dogs not accepted (except guidedogs)
  • Smoking not allowedSmoking not allowed
  • Facilities for hearing impairedFacilities for hearing impaired
  • Facilities for visually impairedFacilities for visually impaired

No photography (except in Westminster Hall).

Self-Assessed Accessibility Details

Parking

  • The surface of the car park and pathway leading to entrance:
    • Yesis solid
  • YesDrop-off point for guests outside entrance
  • The route from the parking area to the entrance:
    • YesIs flat (i.e. without steps)

Food

  • YesLevel access (no steps/thresholds) or access by ramp or lift to cafeteria
  • YesMenus available in large print (14pt and over)
  • Restaurant / cafe provide meals for visitors with special dietary requirements:
    • YesSugar free (diabetic)
    • YesGluten free (coeliacs)
    • YesLactose free (dairy free)
    • YesNut free
    • YesAdditive free
    • YesOrganic
    • YesVegetarian
    • YesVegan
  • YesSeating suitable for wheelchair users, ie moveable and good height for person sitting in a wheelchair
  • YesHigh chairs for children

Public Areas

  • Level access (no steps/thresholds) or access by ramp or lift:
    • YesFrom the entrance to reception / ticket area
    • YesTo a specially adapted public toilet suitable for wheelchair users
    • YesTo the gift shop
  • YesLift equipped with verbal floor announcements
  • YesLift equipped with raised floor numbers or braille numbers or letters
  • YesContrast markings on clear surfaces such as glass doors
  • YesBaby changing facilities
  • YesVisitor information available in large print (14pt and over)
  • YesVisitor information available in audio format
  • YesHearing loop installed in public areas