The first dates for the ELSA parliamentary tours of 2010/11 have been confirmed. – No places left!
Tours last approximately 75 minutes and are FREE for ELSA members.There are 20 places available for each tour. You must register on this site to reserve your place. Once all places are allocated, the list will close.
- If you can’t visit parliament in person, you can take an online tour here
- Also, you can watch info films about parliament on YouTube
- Visit the parliament website here
* Non members pay an ELSA admin fee of £5. However, it is possible to join ELSA on the day of the tour. Membership costs £25 per year.
These tours are conducted by parliament guides. Please note that whilst all guides visit the same areas, they all have different styles and focus on different areas of history. It is not possible to say in advance which group will get which guide. Some are more entertaining than others, some have louder voices than others. You just have to hope that you get a funny guide with a loud voice and no strong accent – in any case they are all trained and all very knowledgeable.
You will start off in historic Westminster Hall a medieval hammer beam hall- supposedly one of the largest in Europe – location of many of the great trials of English history – Thomas Moor, Charles I, Braveheart, Guy Fawkes etc. Westminster Hall was actually the King’s court, the place of the King’s Bench and the Chancery. As well as big trials, people could come there to petition. Because of it’s huge historic significance, it is difficult to know what to do with the hall today. For this reason it remains a big, empty space.
Houses of Parliament visitors’ guide ( ← click here)
Please note we will meet outside the Visitors’ Entrance / St Stephen’s Gate entrance in front of parliament. You will know the entrance because there are big black concrete and metal crash barriers sticking out of the pavement
INFORMATION ABOUT ATTENDING DEBATES
INFORMATION ABOUT WATCHING COMMITTEES
WHAT’S ON IN PARLIAMENT (Calendar of meetings etc)
- FREE for ELSA members
- £5 for non members, pay cash on the day of the visit.