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The Tours Office of Parliament offers the following services, all of which are free:

  • DVD presentation on the National Symbols and the new Parliamentary Emblem in our multimedia centre
  • Guided tours of Parliament including history, the functions of Parliament, an explanation of how Parliament works and how you can get involved in the Parliamentary processes
  • Observe debates from the public galleries in the National Assembly or National Council of Provinces.
  • Meeting with a member of Parliament.
  • Presentations on the Structure of Parliament, Committees of Parliament, How a law is made, Parliament’s oversight role, etc
  • Attend a Public Hearing or committee meeting
  • Having a discussion with the Public Relations Unit Head or member of staff

When do tours take place?
From 9:00 to 12:00, Monday to Friday, excluding weekends and public holidays.

How long does a tour last?
The average tour lasts about one hour.

How far in advance must I reserve a tour?
At least one week in advance.
Tours for school groups during the holidays should be reserved two months in advance.

Where do I park?
There is no parking available within the precincts of Parliament, but there is public parking nearby.

How long before the scheduled time of the tour should I arrive?
15 minutes.

Which entrance to the parliamentary complex must I use?
Groups and individuals must use the entrance to 100 Plein Street (Lelie Street) and then enter the 90 Plein Street building.

What must I bring along to facilitate access to the Parliamentary Precincts?
My ID or Passport

What must I bring along as proof that the tour was confirmed?
The letter received from the Tours Office confirming the tour and passport or identity document.

What must I do with my bags?
You are advised to leave all baggage in your vehicle.

What items are not allowed into the parliamentary buildings?

  • Cameras are only allowed in certain areas as advised by the tour guide.
  • For security reasons, video cameras and fire-arms are not allowed. These items can be left at the entrance.
  • Everyone will undergo a security check before entering the building.
  • Handbags will be scanned.
  • Smoking is allowed only in designated areas.

Are refreshments on sale at Parliament?
Unfortunately not, but there are many places selling refreshments nearby.

Am I able to view Parliament's artwork?
To arrange a specialised tour of Parliament's artwork, please contact Lila Komnick (021) 403 2123 or




 Directions to Parliament

Directions to Parliament of the Republic of South Africa from the N1 and N2 in Cape Town.
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 Contact Parliament

Should you require any information about Parliament, contact us in one of the following ways:

Tel: (021) 403-2911
Fax: (021) 403-8219
Physical:  Parliament Street,
Cape Town
Postal: PO Box 15,
Cape Town, 8000