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Public tours & programs

Public tours & programs

Can I attend the Parliament at the moment? – COVID-19 Announcement

No. The Parliament building is temporarily closed to the public until further notice. The proceedings of either House can be viewed live on our webcasts. Public tours have been suspended until further notice. You can access a virtual tour of the Parliament here.

To view written transcripts produced by the Parliament of NSW Hansard team, visit our website.

While the Parliament remains closed to the public, including visits from school groups, the Parliament's videoconferencing program (online school tour) remains open for primary schools. If you would like more information or to make a booking, please contact us on (02) 9230 2047 or

​​​A range of programs and events are scheduled throughout the year for the public to engage with the workings of the parliament. These events are designed for families and adults, and can offer the opportunity to view the chambers in session, meet with Members, and on non-sitting days​ to sit in the chambers.


Visit your Parliament this Summer

​Step back in time into one of Sydney’s oldest buildings.

Free public tours start at 1.30pm weekdays these summer holidays from 16-20 December 2019 and January 6-24 2020.  There's no need to book – just meet in the Legislative Assembly foyer with your camera and a sense of adventure. 

Visit both chambers where laws are made and some of Sydney's oldest rooms in Australia's first Parliament

Public Tours

Explore the Parliament with a free guided tour, kicking off at 1:30pm every Monday and Friday.

Over one hour, our friendly guides will take you through the Legislative Chambers and the historic Parkes, Wentworth and Jubilee rooms. You will experience first-hand the beautiful colonial architecture while learning more about the role, history and work of the Parliament.

The tour is conducted in English and is suitable for visitors of all ages. Tours take place every day during the school holidays except the last Friday of the October school holidays when the Parliament celebrates its annual Family Fun Day by staging fun and educational activities for the public from 10am-3pm. 

Visits to the Legislative Chambers and to the historic rooms is subject to availability of those spaces at the time.

For any enquiries about the Public Tours please contact the Tours Officer on 9230 3444 email us.

 Public Talks

Parliament Unpacked: A series of programs exploring how the Parliament works by providing visitors with an over view of the legislature, an opportunity to view the Chambers in session and then a chance to hear about the work of Members and Parliamentary Officers.

House Talks: A series of theme based talks with a focus on historical events, important anniversaries and engaging topics where we invite expert speakers to inform and entertain us.

For any enquiries about the Public Talks please contact the Education Section on 9230 2047 or email us


Family Fun Day

On a weekday in the October school holidays, the Parliament holds its annual open day, Family Fun Day with children’s craft, mystery object guessing competition, children’s trail, interactive theatrical event, the opportunity to visit the Chambers and more.

For any enquiries about Family Fun Day please contact the Education Section on 9230 2047 or email us


Sydney Open

As a significant heritage building, the Parliament joins many other cultural and historic sites in Sydney, in opening its doors to the public on a weekend in early November to participate in Sydney Open.

A variety of other public tours and programs take place during the year to commemorate anniversaries and to participate in well-established events such as History Week and Law Week.