The Houses of Parliament will remain open to visitors during the period before the UK General Election on 8 June. To encourage young adults to register, vote and participate in the democratic process, all UK 'young voters' currently aged 18 to 24 can book a free place on a tour of the Houses of Parliament.
Visitors will discover the House of Commons, House of Lords and Westminster Hall, and see inside the debating chambers and voting lobbies of both Houses. At the conclusion of their tour, visitors will be invited to make use of Parliament’s pop-up electoral registration centre in Westminster Hall, where parliamentary staff will be on hand to provide assistance with the registration process.
David Natzler, Clerk of the House of Commons said:
“We are delighted to welcome 18-24 year olds on free tours of Parliament in the lead up to the General Election. We hope that young people from all over the UK will take this opportunity to visit Parliament and play their part in the democratic process as a result.”
To ensure as many young voters as possible take the opportunity to visit Parliament, eight additional tour dates have been added in May. A ticket is still required and proof of age will be requested on entry.
Tours are available on the following days:
· Monday to Saturday between 11 and 20 May
· Wednesday to Saturday between 25 May and 3 June
· Monday to Wednesday between the 5th of June and and the 7th June
The Houses of Parliament is also taking part in the first ever London History Day on Wednesday 31 May with a range of tours and events.
Tickets can be purchased online at www.parliament.uk/visit, by calling +44 (0)20 7219 4114 or in person from the Ticket Office at the front of Portcullis House on Victoria Embankment.