Houses of Parliament

Houses of Parliament, London

Houses of Parliament
4.5
Historic Sites • Architectural Buildings • Government Buildings
12:00 AM - 12:00 AM
Monday
12:00 AM - 12:00 AM
Tuesday
12:00 AM - 12:00 AM
Wednesday
12:00 AM - 12:00 AM
Thursday
12:00 AM - 12:00 AM
Friday
12:00 AM - 12:00 AM
Saturday
12:00 AM - 12:00 AM
Sunday
12:00 AM - 12:00 AM
About
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. All visits are currently suspended. For the latest updates and online content, please go to the website and sign-up to the e-newsletter.
Suggested duration
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The area
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Neighborhood: 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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Wendy B
1 contribution
Parliamentary Tour
Sep 2021
Andy Mountford was our tour guide he was excellent explained in great detail with enthusiasm all about Westminster, Commons, Westminster hall, House of Lords unfortunately there was a meeting in the House of Lords so we could not go in there but looking forward to another Westminster parliamentary tour to hopefully see the House of Lords.
A very enjoyable interesting 75 minutes tour of our ancestry tour.
Written September 15, 2021
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Duliby
43 contributions
Well worth the time
Aug 2021 • Couples
Access to many parts of the Houses of Commons and the House of Lords - excellent audio tour content. Amazing art on the walls and lots of history to ‘feel’ as you listen to the commentary
Written September 14, 2021
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Bruce M
2 contributions
great access
Sep 2021
I was very surprised at the amount of access given. The staff were all very helpful and when electronic tour device malfunctioned they quickly provided a replacement.
Written September 8, 2021
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Andy K
Dorset, UK424 contributions
Must see
Sep 2021 • Family
We look our 7 year old daughter there to show her some history and she had a great time. A must see location if you’re visiting London.
Written September 5, 2021
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The Fuzz
London, UK11 contributions
Unexptectedly modern in an olde worlde setting
May 2021
Invited by a peer I happened to be visiting, the public restaurant is modern and fast, somewhat limited in variety on offer, and a bit unwelcoming
Written September 4, 2021
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Lucretia2017
United Kingdom246 contributions
Amazing tour
Sep 2021 • Family
We had a multimedia tour and it was very informative. I visited with my daughter, who is 12 years old, and she was very interested and engaged throughout the whole visit. The multimedia guide was very well structured. The staff were very polite. This was our favourite tour from our London trip. Highly recommended.
Written September 3, 2021
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Kourian123
Kent, UK99 contributions
A real highlight of our London break
Sep 2021 • Couples
Loved the story of the building, history, breathtaking architecture and visiting the houses of Lords and Commons. You get to borrow a device with headphones to explain each room as you go. Unfortunately you can’t take photos due to security but it was still a real highlight of our London break. Friendly knowledgeable staff and great cafe too.
Written September 3, 2021
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gpa66
Bristol, UK332 contributions
Exceptional experience
Aug 2021
I am a frequent traveler for London. I pass the HoP every time I go. I have never been inside, until now. Just wow! What an experience - breathtaking - would rank high in my life experiences. As others have said - use you 'phone or one of their devices to listen to a guided tour at your own pace. It took us 2 hours. So interesting. Make sure you listen to all the "optional" audios too as there's plenty in there. You're not allowed to take photos beyond the main hall. And so buying a guide is a must - but at only £5 at time of writing I think that is good value for money and captures the day well.
Written August 26, 2021
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clare_r_uk
London, UK17 contributions
Exceed expectations
Aug 2021 • Couples
We pre booked the self guided tour of the Houses of Parliament and I was really pleasantly surprised. You can take the tour though a pre downloaded site on your mobile or they have machines available to borrow on the door. The staff, especially those greeting people at the door were amazing and really enthusiastic. We saw parts of the building that I didn’t think we would be able to see including the chambers of the Houses of Commons and Lords. It was great to be able to see the history and grandeur. The guide itself is really good and you can take it at your own pace. There are lots of places to sit and rest while you are listening to the commentary. A tip if you are using your phone. There is WiFi available. I forgot to ask when we first got in and there were places where reception was a bit patchy which wouldn’t have happened were we on WiFi. When we went they were restricting numbers due to Covid and this was great because there weren’t too many people all trying to look at the same thing. I would highly recommend this tour.
Written August 25, 2021
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Mr B
6 contributions
Excellent.
Aug 2021 • Family
Highly recommended a tour. Free multi media guide was great. Nice that you can go round at your own pace and take it all in.
Written August 23, 2021
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