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Behind-the-Scenes Houses of Parliament Guided Tour

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    Pass By: Parliament Square, London England

    Parliament Square

    Stop At: Houses of Parliament, Parliament Square, London SW1A 0AA England

    Your tour starts in Westminster Hall, the oldest part of the Palace and also one of the most impressive, just as the Palace of Westminster begins to close for the day. Then you’ll head straight to the Royal Staircase where your guide will give you a brief history of the building, including how and why it was constructed over hundreds of years, and how it remains intimately connected with Queen Victoria.

    Next, you’ll head into the Queen’s Robing Room to see frescoes by William Dyce, gorgeous bas-reliefs and the Chair of State where the Queen sits while donning her robes and the Imperial State Crown. Every inch of this room is packed with mythic symbolism and heraldic images. Your guide will help you decipher it all while telling you about Augustus Pugin, the Victorian genius who willed the structure into existence.

    Duration: 2 hours

    Pass By: Central Hall Westminster, Westminster Central Hall Storeys Gate Westminster, London SW1H 9NH England

    Your next stop is the Royal Gallery to see where the members of the House of Lords meet and politic informally when Parliament is in session. You’ll take in immense paintings by Daniel Maclise and learn why they were so difficult to create and maintain before passing into the Prince’s Chamber to see portraits of the Tudor Dynasty and learn about their fascinating history.

    Your tour includes an assortment of other rooms and lobbies, including the House of Commons, but the highlight is one of the grandest rooms ever designed for politics: The Chamber of the House of Lords. This is where the appointed members of Parliament meet to debate, and where the Queen comes to sit on her throne during the State Opening. As you stand in it with only a handful of other visitors, your guide will tell you about the history of the room and some of the interesting things that have taken place inside.

    This is the ultimate experience for lovers of architecture and royal history. There is simply no feeling quite like exploring the United Kingdom’s premier palace without the normal daytime crowds.

    Pass By: Take Walks, London England

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    Important Information
    Departure Point
    Parliament Square, Westminster, London SW1P, UK
    Departure Time
    4:00 PM
    Return Details
    Houses of Parliament, Bridge St, Westminster, London SW1A 2PW, UK
    • Expert Tour Guide
    • Parliament tickets
    • Entry/Admission - Houses of Parliament
    • Hotel Pick-Up / Drop-Off
    • Gratuities
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    Additional Info
    • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
    • Wheelchair accessible
    • Tour in English
    • Please note that for security reasons, airport style bag searches will take place at the Houses of Parliament.
    • Photography is not permitted inside Houses of Parliament.
    • Stroller accessible
    • Near public transportation
    • Transportation is wheelchair accessible
    • Most travelers can participate
    • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 20 travelers
    Cancellation Policy
    For a full refund, cancel at least 24 hours in advance of the start date of the experience.
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    Reviewed 2 weeks ago

    Most remarkable tour , we visited both houses. To visit the places where history is made and seeing it live as opposed to tv. Must see.

    Date of experience: May 2019
    Thank D5958EMdavid
    TakeWalksSF, Guest Relations Manager at Take Walks, responded to this reviewResponded 2 weeks ago

    We're so thrilled that you enjoyed your tour of Parliament! Thank you for your review; we hope to Take Walks with you again in the future!

    Reviewed 4 weeks ago

    Phil was the docent in the House of Parliament and he is REALLY GOOD! Knowledgeable, humorous, manages time well, but MOST IMPORTANT he speaks well - clear, loud enough for all to hear, projects and articulates his words so anyone can understand. Really interesting how...More

    Date of experience: September 2019
    Thank Stewart B
    TakeWalksSF, Guest Relations Manager at Take Walks, responded to this reviewResponded 3 weeks ago

    We're glad to hear that you enjoyed your tour with Phil! There's no better way to learn about the British statecraft than with a visit to Parliament.

    Reviewed July 17, 2019

    The tour was good. We met one tour person outside in the park and then she transferred us to another inside the Parliament building. I think we could have booked that one ourselves without meeting the guide out front. Inside, the tour was excellent. The...More

    Date of experience: July 2019
    Thank cindyc299
    TakeWalks, Public Relations Manager at Take Walks, responded to this reviewResponded July 30, 2019

    Dear cindyc299, Thank you for taking the time to talk about your experience with us! We are so happy that you enjoyed your time in the Parliament building and felt you gained a lot of knowledge from the guide. We appreciate your feedback about being...More

    Reviewed June 18, 2019

    What an amazing building! To be able to go inside and see things that not everyone gets to see was fantastic! It was lovely learning about the inner workings of the British government from a guide that clearly enjoyed her job!More

    Date of experience: June 2019
    Thank Eiji63
    TakeWalks, Public Relations Manager at Take Walks, responded to this reviewResponded July 31, 2019

    Dear Eiji63, Thank you for the review! We are so happy that you enjoyed this tour and your guide! It truly is a wondrous building and has many incredible stories to be heard. We hope you continue to take Walks with us on all your...More

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    July 23, 2019|
    Response from autumnbrowne21 |
    Sorry, I don’t know. We both paid the senior rate!
    Dereck T
    April 10, 2019|
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    Response from Dereck T |
    Not sure; about eight. It was a very manageable number, and the guide was excellent.
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