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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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Impressive, but monotonous

Good for taking selfies in front of (try out on the bridge for a good view) but the building's size and repetition make it boring after about 5 minutes. And does anyone really... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed April 21, 2015
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 21, 2015 NEW

Good for taking selfies in front of (try out on the bridge for a good view) but the building's size and repetition make it boring after about 5 minutes. And does anyone really know who all those busts of old guys actually are that are scattered all over the surface? A bit too self referential.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 20, 2015 NEW

I never tire of this building no matter how many times I visit, it is just magnificent, up close you just marvel at the details and wonder how it was possible to achieve such grandeur with a hammer and chisel! The best way to view is across the river where you get the best vantage point to see this beautiful... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 20, 2015 NEW

We really enjoyed the Houses of Parliament. We got the audio tour, which I highly recommend. It was very interesting to hear about the history of the Parliament, and how their political system works. I liked the breakdown of the history of all of the rooms, and what takes place in each of them. The inside of the building is... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 20, 2015 NEW

We had a free tour organised by our MP (just write to your MP to get one!) and it was very informative and interesting. The building is fascinating and you get to see The House of Commons and where all the decisions take place!

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 19, 2015 NEW

Very impressive buildings - great to introduce the children to where most of the Country's decisions are made.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 19, 2015 NEW

I went here on a class trip and it was a brilliant experience! We got the chance to go into the House of Lords and commons which was amazing to see! We fortunately got to meet our local MP - Ed Vasey! We had a tour of the parliament and we were amazed by the interesting features of the building!

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 19, 2015 NEW

The tour was both informative and entertaining and well worth the money. We had afternoon tea on the terrace afterwards. The view was probably better than the food, but an interesting and unique experience.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 19, 2015 NEW

Surely every tourist will pass by the Houses of Parliament and Big Ben during a visit to London, but just how many ever pause to visit within? Well, we did this time and it was surprisingly good for the whole family (young teenage kids too). Absolutely need to book, but easy to do on line and we took Audio option... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 19, 2015 NEW

Managed to book a guided tour of House of Commons/Lords during a short break to London. Well worth the money and very informative and interesting.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 19, 2015 NEW

Spend about 1.5 hours and you well hear and see Britain as you're never seen or experienced her before. It has taken me over 60 years to do this tour and I regret not having done it time and again in my past. Go see it, you will be so glad that you did. BUT do as we did...wait for... More 

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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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