American citizens wishing to watch a House of Commons debate will need to join the public queue outside St. Stephen’s Entrance. A wait of 1-2 hours is common during the afternoons.
We regret that Cards of Introduction are no longer available.
Tours of Parliament for overseas visitors are limited to the summer vacation. Full details are on the House of Commons Overseas Visitor information pages.
Question Time in the House of Commons takes place every day except Friday, with the Prime Minister answering questions (Prime Minister’s Question Time) from 12 noon to 12. 30 pm. on Wednesday.
Times When the House of Commons is Sitting
|Monday||2:30PM – 10:30PM|
|Tuesday & Wednesday||11:30AM – 7:30PM|
|Thursday||9:30AM – 5:30PM|
|Friday (When sitting)||9:30AM – 3:30PM|
On Friday it is normally possible to enter the Gallery without queuing at the start of the day’s proceedings at 9.30 am. Later in the day, a queue tends to develop and some delay is inevitable.
The Strangers’ Gallery is open whilst the House sits – usually October to Christmas, January to Easter, May to the end July.
You can check whether the House will be sitting by telephoning +44 (0)20-7219-4272 .
Please note, the Embassy is not able to arrange tours of Parliament.