Can I take a tour of the White House?
Foreign nationals wishing to tour the White House must apply to their country’s embassy or consulate in Washington, D.C. This means that the U.S. Embassy in London and the Consulates General in Belfast and Edinburgh can’t arrange a tour for you.
We understand from our colleagues at the British Embassy in Washington that they are unable to facilitate White House tours for any British citizens now or in the foreseeable future. Please see their website for more information, which will be updated if tour availability changes.
You can take a virtual tour of the White House from the comfort of your own home by clicking here. For historical and present-day information about the White House, visit the White House website.
What else can I do in Washington?
If you will be visiting Washington, D.C. and the surrounding area, you may wish to consider the following options:
- White House, National Park and other cultural events
- The Rotunda of the Charters of Freedom in the National Archives Museum to view the Declaration of Independence, the Constitution, and the Bill of Rights
- The U.S. Capitol building (a video tour is also available on their website)
- The Pentagon
- Arlington National Cemetery
Check out Washington.org, Visit The USA, and Capital Region USA (Washington D.C., Maryland and Virginia) for more information about visiting Washington D.C. and nearby states.
Please note, tours and attractions may be unavailable, postponed or canceled at short notice due to the impact of COVID-19.