The Palace of Westminster is a fascinating place, and remains so even for those who have spent years working in it. As such, it is little wonder that visits to the Palace are so popular.
Given the nature of the activities that take place within it, the Palace of Westminster is effectively a public building, even if considerations relating to safety and security mean that it is not subject to wholly unrestricted access. Members of the public are free to enter the Palace in order to attend functions and events to which they have been invited, and can also enter, without invitation, in order to seek to meet their elected representatives, and to observe the proceedings of both Houses of Parliament from the public galleries.
Members of the public can also visit the Palace as part of a guided tour. Such tours do not operate constantly, as parts of the tour route must be closed whilst one or both Houses of Parliament are sitting. Nevertheless, a large number of tours are organised each year.
On certain days during the year, the Palace is open to commercial tours; visitors can pay in order to be taken on a formal tour of the Palace by a professional guide. Further information about such tours, and about visiting Parliament generally, can be found on the Parliamentary website: www.parliament.uk. In addition to the commercial tours, a certain number of free tours are available in any given year. These can be arranged by Members of Parliament for their constituents. Inevitably, demand for such tours is high, and spaces tend to be filled well in advance. Nevertheless, if you would be interested in being taken on such a tour, or in visiting Parliament generally, please feel free to enquire accordingly. The relevant contact details can be found on the Contact page.
At the May 2015 General Election, David was re-elected as the Member of Parliament for Clwyd West, with an increased majority of 6,730.