Houses of Parliament

Houses of Parliament, London

Houses of Parliament
4.5
Historic Sites • Architectural Buildings • Government Buildings
12:00 AM - 12:00 AM
Monday
12:00 AM - 12:00 AM
Tuesday
12:00 AM - 12:00 AM
Wednesday
12:00 AM - 12:00 AM
Thursday
12:00 AM - 12:00 AM
Friday
12:00 AM - 12:00 AM
Saturday
12:00 AM - 12:00 AM
Sunday
12:00 AM - 12:00 AM
About
Most of this iconic building was built in the mid-19th century following a devastating fire in 1834. Westminster Hall survived the fire and dates from 1097. All visits are currently suspended. For the latest updates and online content, please go to the website and sign-up to the e-newsletter.
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Neighbourhood: Westminster
If you only had an afternoon to experience London on a grand scale, Westminster would be a wise place to start. The ornate Houses of Parliament and Westminster Abbey sit adjacent at a corner of Parliament Square, and a short stroll along The Mall leads to Buckingham Palace. Trafalgar Square and Nelson's Column are just up the road as well. As captivating as the architecture is, the wonders of Mother Nature are highlights of the area too. St James's Park (arguably London's loveliest), the expansive Green Park, and pedestrian friendly tree lined paths along the river showcase the exquisite manicure provided by English gardeners. Just beyond the landmarks and the gorgeous outdoor spaces, quiet residential squares and age old local pubs offer a more subdued take on this global seat of power in the heart of London.
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si2008
Radcliffe, UK2,929 contributions
Dec. 2021 • Couples
Another on our list to visit, iconic landmark they are doing work on the bell but did not put us off seeing where it all happens in government
Written 10 December 2021
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Malcolm H
London, UK189 contributions
Dec. 2021 • Friends
We went there in a small group u3a but when we got though security it was excellent, we were taken round by a very good guide Sarah who kept us on the move but very mindful of the time limit but know stone was left unturned. Recommend for young and old.
Written 6 December 2021
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sammyandscott
Derby, UK27 contributions
Dec. 2021 • Family
We went as a family of 2 adults and 3 teens. Our eldest child studies Politics so we took the opportunity to do the self guided multimedia tour whilst in London to benefit him, and thought the rest of us would probably be bored. However we all loved it! Very interesting tour that lasted just about the right amount of time and good for anyone regardless of their political knowledge and interest. Shame didn’t see anyone in action at work, and shame no photos inside, but still really recommend.
Written 5 December 2021
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Ken T
6 contributions
Sep. 2021
It's an obvious place to visit in London and a place of historical significance, shame about the people inside! I joke, it easy to walk past very central and the pubs nearby are good if expensive like all of london
Written 2 December 2021
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martinneilrob
Bournemouth, United Kingdom2 contributions
Nov. 2021
We were booked on the tour by our local MP. The tour was amazing, Phil our guide was funny, knowledgeable and really made the tour enjoyable and educational
We took my elderly parents and from the very beginning they could not have been more accommodating.
I would recommend the tour to anyone and remember to leave time to get through security.
Written 1 December 2021
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laura t
Exmouth, UK73 contributions
Nov. 2021 • Friends
Decided to visit the Houses of Parliament in a spontaneous visit and I am so happy that I did.
Used the audio guide and it gave so much information. It’s a place of our history and seeing the plaques on the floor shows us where our previous monarchs lied in state or was sentenced to death.
Seeing how our government works in deciding acts or laws to come into place is amazing. Make sure you take advantage of the staff working as they can give you more insider knowledge
Would recommend it to anyone visiting!
Written 29 November 2021
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Tom
Gloucester, UK264 contributions
Nov. 2021 • Couples
A great view from Westminster bridge, currently a bit of building work going on but still stunning. Worth a look if you’re near by
Written 16 November 2021
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Chelsea B
Milton Keynes, UK1,885 contributions
Jul. 2021
Beautiful building, worth crossing the other side of the river and viewing it from there for the full scope of it
Written 8 November 2021
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Casper Tutu
17 contributions
Jul. 2021
Good for tourists and an interesting building to visit. The thames is also a must see and there are benches that provide a fun views
Written 7 November 2021
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416patrickc
Birmingham, UK22 contributions
Nov. 2021 • Family
We spent a wonderful 75 minutes been shown around this amazing building by our extremely knowledgeable guide Louise, learning about the workings of our Democratic system.
Tickets are available via application to your local Member of Parliament and are free of charge.
You often see these places on TV and it is slightly surreal to visit in person . We all wore headphones and Louise had a microphone so communication was not hindered by wearing of face masks.
No photography allowed but so memorable, I highly recommend that everyone visits if they have the opportunity.
Written 3 November 2021
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