Visiting the Legislature

Visiting the Legislature

​Welcome to the Parliament Buildings, home to the Legislative Assembly of British Columbia where elected representatives – called Members of the Legislative Assembly or MLAs – meet to shape the future of the province by debating and passing the laws that govern British Columbia.

The Parliament Buildings and surrounding areas are located on the traditional territories of the Lekwungen-speaking (pronounced Le-KWUNG-en) peoples. Now known as the Songhees and Esquimalt Nations, these Coast Salish people have a rich culture and history dating back thousands of years.

​Hours of Operation

Monday, May 22 to Monday, September 4, 2023 

The Parliament Buildings are open for guided tours seven days a week.

  • Monday - Friday: Open 8:30 am to 4:30 pm. On weekdays, visitors may join one of the regularly scheduled guided tours or take their own self-guided tour. Tours are free and last approximately 40 minutes. Tours begin in the Lower Rotunda.

  • Weekends and Holidays: Open 9:00 am to 4:40 pm. Visitors must join a guided tour to enter the building on weekends and holidays. Tickets are distributed on the front driveway on a first-come, first-served basis. Plan to arrive early, as tours often fill up.

Tour Information 

Visitor Information

Parliamentary Dining Room

The Parliamentary Dining Room is open from Monday to Friday for breakfast and lunch. Reservations are recommended (250-387-3959). 

Parliamentary Gift Shop

​Located next to the exit on the first floor of the Parliament Buildings, the Parliamentary Gift Shop offers a variety of gifts that are custom made for the Legislative Assembly of British Columbia.

Visitor Notices

Open during construction - Construction is happening over the next few months and fencing is in place that restricts movement on the front driveway.

  • The Main Entrance can be reached on the driveway via the Government Street side of the buildings. 

  • The Dining Room and accessible entrance can be reached on the driveway via the Menzies Street side of the buildings.

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Public Gallery

​Visitors are welcome to observe proceedings from the Public Galleries. Please check the Parliamentary Calendar to see if the Legislative Assembly will be sitting on the day of your visit. Visitors can also observe Parliamentary Committee meetings. Public meetings of Parliamentary Committees are listed in the Committee Meeting Calendar

Mowat Entrance.pngAccessibility   

The Parliament Buildings are accessible to visitors in wheelchairs and scooters, those with limited mobility, and children in strollers. The accessible entrance can be reached from the front driveway on the west side of the Parliament Buildings.

For visitors with accessibility requirements, the best place to park, or be dropped off, is immediately beside the property on Menzies Street.

Visitors are welcome to bring supportive devices or service animals. 

Elevators can be used to travel between floors while inside the buildings.

An accessible washroom is located in the east hallway on the second floor.

If you want to see more of the interior of the Parliament Buildings before you arrive, please visit our virtual tour page.

If you have any questions or need assistance during your visit, please speak with a member of our staff.

Transportation and Parking 

The Parliament Buildings are located at 501 Belleville Street in Victoria, British Columbia. 

  • There is no public parking on the property. Street parking and pay parking lots are located nearby. 
  • Outdoor bike racks are located on either side of the buildings.  
  • A bus stop is located on the Government Street side of the property.

For more information, please visit our Transportation and Parking​ page.

Security Screening and Access

All visitors must pass through security screening prior to entry.

Pets are not permitted in the Parliament Buildings.

Visit Victoria

Please visit Destination Greater Victoria for more information on Victoria and the Capital Region.