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Houses of Parliament

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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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Another tick in the box

This is another place which is a tick in the box, you have to see as part of your sight seeing in London but does not really give you much.

3 of 5 starsReviewed March 6, 2015
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed March 6, 2015 NEW

This is another place which is a tick in the box, you have to see as part of your sight seeing in London but does not really give you much.

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Wales
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 6, 2015 NEW

I recently contacted our local MP as I read that they will give short guided tours to constituents, well I'm glad I did because a planned one hour stay turned into 3 and half hours! Access was quite easy with usual security checks and we were met 9am prompt in the central lobby, from there we had the grand tour... More 

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Manhasset
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 6, 2015 NEW

Iconic and great for that must have London photo. Parliament has much more history behind that wonderful architecture. Have an outside tour guide give you a lesson. You'll appreciate it more.

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Allendale Town, null, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 5, 2015 NEW

Stop and look in detail at the stonework, we will probably never build anything this intricate in the future. Thousands of man days and such a skilled workforce. Well worth a visit.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 5, 2015 NEW

A facinating insight into the workings of government. The tour was both interesting & informative. Our tour guide(Victoria) was very knowlegable and able and willing to answer questions. I would do this tour again.

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Alexandria, VA
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 5, 2015 NEW

Excellent tour. It was very interesting and I found it a bonus that you actually got in to the House of Commons and Lords.

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Liverpool, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 5, 2015 NEW

We recently did a guided tour of the houses of parliament, and are so glad we did, it was fascinating! Our guide was extremely knowledgeable and was so interesting, that unfortunately the 90 minutes flew by, we would happily have listened on a lot longer. You can do an audio tour but I'm glad we didnt, as out guide was... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 4, 2015 NEW

We booked our tickets on-line and had a wonderful guided tour by Reginald. What a font of knowledge and good humour this man was. I recommend this tour to anyone interested in British history, art and of course politics - fascinating to be in the House of Commons and House of Lords. There is so much more though to see... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 4, 2015 NEW

Many people do not realise that, as electors, they have every right to visit Parliament (when in session) and ask to lobby their MP. No fee need be paid and you don't need anybody's permission - simply turn up and head for the Central Lobby.

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Cardiff, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 4, 2015 NEW

Took this tour with a GUIDE very informative and good to see where it all goes on. HISTORY!!!! But I didn't find the free snuff that was shown on a recent TV programme on the workings of Parliament

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Staying in Westminster

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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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