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?
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 tour of Parliament's artwork, please contact Lila Komnick (021) 403 2123.