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Address: Westminster, London SW1A 0AA, England
Phone Number: +44 20 7219 4114
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Activities: Group tours/walking tour
Description: Most of this iconic building was built in the mid-19th century following a...
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. Visitors can book tours through the House of Commons and the House of Lords, and are welcome to watch debates and committees when the Houses are sitting.
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Big Ben and Westminster...great photo opportunity!

Okay for all you tourists out there...like myself you have to swing by these landmarks just for the pics, these places are even grand in person. I will advise however, that the... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed March 28, 2015
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Detroit, MI
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 28, 2015 NEW

Okay for all you tourists out there...like myself you have to swing by these landmarks just for the pics, these places are even grand in person. I will advise however, that the Parliament only will allow you inside on Saturdays, for a walking tour of the premises. Otherwise, you have to settle for an outside photo only!!

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 28, 2015 NEW

Don't let the tour price dissuade you, this is a must-see. It is easily the most obvious hidden gem in this city. One of the most recognized buildings in the world, but surprising how few people realize it is open for tours any time that Parliament is not in session, including every Saturday. You get thorough tour of both houses... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 27, 2015 NEW via mobile

If you email your mp in advance saying when you'll be in London they'll arrange for you to go on a free group guided tour. Well worth a visit, so much history & the buildings are amazing. Guides are v knowledgeable.

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Kuching, Malaysia
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 27, 2015 NEW

I was sight seeing ad must say the architecture here is amazeball. I loved it lots. It was coldwhen i went so walking around wascool, literally lol

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 27, 2015 NEW

Loved - Got to see the secret chapel - absolutely amazing place hidden away. Small but fantastic. Sitting in on the Commons and Lords questions, afternoon tea in the Pugin room, standing on the terrace overlooking the thames. Disliked - not being able to see more

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 27, 2015 NEW

We had the most amazing experience of seeing the Houses of Parliament on the Original Bus Tour and by taking the riverboat cruise. Such a relaxing way to visit places of interest.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 26, 2015 NEW

What an awesome sight looks better close up. Didn't, go inside. No need the sights outside are all we needed. There were thousands of people's about of all denominations. With the Thames so close it is t he capital to visit.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 26, 2015 NEW via mobile

I would strongly advise you to buy your tickets in advance either online or at the Ticket Office by Westminster Bridge, as you cannot purchase tickets at the entrance gate. The stewards at the entrance gates would benefit from some training as to the facilities inside. We were told there were no public toilets inside and the nearest were at... More 

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Ian L, Manager, Visitor Services at Houses of Parliament, responded to this review

Thank you for your review and your valuable feedback. I have forwarded your comments about staff training onto the management team. Regarding the audio tour, there is a children's version of the audio commentary available which is aimed at 7 to 12 year olds and takes about one hour. More 

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed March 26, 2015 NEW

The architecture of this place is amazing and really makes you smile. I love london and love looking at the Houses of Parliament along with Big Ben.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 26, 2015 NEW

It was an extremely informative tour of a beautiful, historical building. Truly worth a visit. Not sure how suitable for young children.

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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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