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Welcome to the 10 Downing Street website

Number 10 front door Picture: Britain on ViewWelcome to the website of 10 Downing St, the historic home and office of the British Prime Minister.

Number 10 has been the official home of the Prime Minister since 1735 when Sir Robert Walpole first took residence. Since then it has been home to over 50 Prime Ministers.

It is a building that fulfils many roles. It is the very heart of Government and has been for over a century; it is the reception venue for foreign dignitaries and the meeting place of the Cabinet; it is the workplace for the many staff that support the Prime Minister and it is home for the Prime Minister and his family.

The No 10 website will give you an insight into what happens behind the famous front door. We have recently updated the site to give it a new look and to improve accessibility.

On the site you will find out about the history and background to No 10. Take a look around the building in our tour section. Here you can view the State Rooms, the Cabinet Room and the famous staircase. We also have biographies of each of Britain's 51 Prime Ministers.

The broadcasts section enables you to see and hear Government in action. You can watch the weekly Prime Minister's Questions and other statements in the House; or watch the short films about policies in practice. You can also read previous speeches and statements by the Prime Minister in our speeches archive.

Information on other Government departments is in our guide to government, which lists all ministers. There is an explanation of each department with links to their websites.

The site also carries Government news, and announcements from the Prime Minister. You can sign up to receive these by email as soon as they are published.

And if you need help finding what you're looking for, try using our brand new search engine

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