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Houses of Parliament

Westminster | Old Palace Yard, London SW1A 0AA, England (Westminster / Belgravia)
+44 (0) 207 219 3000
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Ranked #13 of 1,047 attractions in London
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Type: Government Buildings, Architectural Buildings, Historic Sites
Activities: Group tours/walking tour
Traveler Description: The Houses of Parliament, located inside the Palace of Westminster, are open to both the UK public and overseas visitors. The home of both chambers... more »
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Oslo, Norway
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14 helpful votes 14 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 24, 2014 NEW

I had a great guided tour at the Houses of Parliament. Knew a lot from before, but it was interesting to walk through the rooms, see the layout of the buildings, and try to get a grip of the atmosphere. Knowledgable guide.

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London, United Kingdom
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8 reviews 8 reviews
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1 of 5 stars Reviewed April 23, 2014 NEW

Disappointing as you cannot go inside the chamber (commons or lords) unless you are a UK Citizen & make arrangements to be shown around by a MP or Lord. Also Big Ben is difficult to get access too.

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Israel
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59 attraction reviews
60 helpful votes 60 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 23, 2014 NEW

We took a guided tour to explore this magnificent building. It was very interesting to hear about the history and the goverment system in the UK. Altough in the internet site it was mentioned that you can pay a visit to the galleries free of charge, there was no other possibility to enter the house except for the tour.

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maidstone
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6 reviews 6 reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 22, 2014 NEW

Booked a guided tour through ticketmaster which was excellent. Our guide Adrienne was very knowledgable and presented the information very well. She was able to answer questions from the audience. Fascinating hour and a half tour of historic and current facts in a unique setting. There was no queue to enter and were free to soak up the atmosphere in... More

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Saint Paul, Minnesota
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49 helpful votes 49 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 22, 2014 NEW

Wow. We had a fantastic tour led by Ros the week before Easter when nothing was in session. We got to go into all the hidden away spaces and felt like we really got to know a lot about the rooms, the people and the politics of the UK. Our guide was incredibly knowledgeable. I've been to London many times... More

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Toongabbie, Australia
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 22, 2014 NEW

Booked a tour online, had to pick up tickets from the nearby ticket office, which is a bit hard to find, just ask a policeman but its basically across the road behind Westminster Abbey. Security was pretty quick. The tour itself was interesting and gave a good mix of information about the history of the building itself, and the functioning... More

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London, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 22, 2014 NEW

The House of Parliament is not only beautiful to see and photograph the outside. A guided tour takes you to the house of lords and common. UK residents and overseas visitors can book tickets for a guided tour of the Houses of Parliament on Saturdays throughout the year and on selected weekdays During Parliamentary recesses. Find out what happens at... More

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Chester, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 22, 2014 NEW

Been to London lots of times but this is the first time we have been inside the houses of parliament. I would recommend it to all, even those without any political interest. We were able to watch a live debate, although its easy to be distracted by the architecture, it great. An interesting afternoon.

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Baltimore
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 22, 2014 NEW

First time to gallery and it was everything I expected. I was able to see my favorite Monet painting and the Sunflowers exhibit was wonderful.

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London, England
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56 helpful votes 56 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed April 22, 2014 NEW

We went to a reception. It took nearly an hour to get through the gross under resourced security, which does not reflect well on the Mother of Parliaments. The police were friendly but overwhelmed by the numbers of visitors. The moral of the tale is allow plenty of time to get through security.

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