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Houses of Parliament

Address: Westminster, London SW1A 0AA, England
Phone Number: +44 20 7219 3000
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Type: Architectural Buildings, Government Buildings, Historic Sites, Sights & Landmarks
Activities: Group tours/walking tour
Owner description: Most of this iconic building was built in the mid-19th century...
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Type: Architectural Buildings, Government Buildings, Historic Sites, Sights & Landmarks
Activities: Group tours/walking tour
Owner description: 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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Brasilia, DF
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 29, 2015 NEW

I was fortunate to sit through a parliament session. If you arrive by 1:30pm, they give you access to the gallery and tell you how the parliament works - for free! If you just want a tour of the building you have to pay. There is a security check line, but otherwise it is very easy to get in.

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Huddersfield
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 29, 2015 NEW

We were able to visit recently and what a good experience. The history, architecture and surroundings very impressive. Not really that politically minded but found the background and procedures interesting. Had opportunity to visit both Houses of Lords & Commons and slightly disappointed at the speakers who were very verbose and long winded and some training needed for a lot... More 

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Sacramento, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 28, 2015 NEW

We had a great insiders' look at history. Our tour guide was delightful and knowledgable. The only thing better would be to be permitted into the gallery when the House of Commons is in session.

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Cottingham, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 28, 2015 NEW

Would definitely recommend this tour. Thoroughly enjoyable. Security was thorough on entering, quite rightly, but the whole place was wonderful and the audio tour gave lots of details about everything. Would go again.

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Brough, hull, United Kingdom
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed January 28, 2015 NEW

Unable to grasp why the area is Dirty, given the fact this is the capitol of England and is visited by every nationality under the sun, why is no care and attention taken for infrastructure and general maintenance. Unbelievable.

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Dubai, United Arab Emirates
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 28, 2015 NEW

Try the crepe at the stand overlooking the Thames and the Houses...adds to the allure of overseeing history.

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Abbots Bromley, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 27, 2015 NEW

Parliament was not in session in the summer of 2014 and we were able to secure a tour of the interior of the building, both the Houses of Lords and of Commons. It was a personal tour through English history and culture. I don't know when or if Parliament will next be out of session and/or if tours will be... More 

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Edinburgh, Scotland, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 27, 2015 NEW

Everything was fine, organisation, amount of people, audio-guided tickets with slotted visit time. Book it in advance. Maybe a bit pricey overall to say something.

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Lodz, Poland
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 27, 2015 NEW

One of the best building in the world. Huge and beautiful, for the best view better to go there at night. Unfortunatelly there is too much people.. and it's really hard to take a good pic.

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Greater Canberra, Australia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 27, 2015 NEW

The website was not accurate about picking tickets up on the day - you do not have to go to the Booking Office. If you have not printed the ticket out make sure you have the reference number handy. The tour guide was excellent, very knowledgeable. A pity we could not go into some rooms as they were still dismantling... More 

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