Houses of Parliament

Houses of Parliament, London

Houses of Parliament
4.5
Historic Sites • Architectural Buildings • Government Buildings
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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.
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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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Emma W
Norwich, United Kingdom16 contributions
Oct 2021
I have always wanted to go round the Palace of Westminster and i was not disappointed at all in my visit.
It is such a beautiful place with huge amounts of history that it would take all day to go round the entire place but my guided tour was only 90 minutes. Still our tour guide Leigh was very knowledgable and fun to listen to and crammed so much into the 90 minutes that the entrance fee is well worth it.

I loved that you get to see the House of Lords and the House of Commons which was my favourite part. To be able to stand where the MPs stand during their debates was amazing. The place even has its own post office!

I didn't go to the Cafe but the shop was well stocked with lovely gifts and overall i would highly recommend this venue and would definately go again.
Written October 6, 2021
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416patrickc
Birmingham, UK24 contributions
Nov 2021 • Family
We spent a wonderful 75 minutes been shown around this amazing building by our extremely knowledgeable guide Louise, learning about the workings of our Democratic system.
Tickets are available via application to your local Member of Parliament and are free of charge.
You often see these places on TV and it is slightly surreal to visit in person . We all wore headphones and Louise had a microphone so communication was not hindered by wearing of face masks.
No photography allowed but so memorable, I highly recommend that everyone visits if they have the opportunity.
Written November 3, 2021
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Kels E
Manchester, England, United Kingdom12 contributions
Sep 2021
We booked the trip through Parliament directly and as a UK Resident, the tour was free. Our tour guide, Phil, was very impressive, knowledgeable and kept the group engaged. It was the first week using the headphones, you wouldn’t have known. Everything worked well from the security checks through to the tour itself. We learned so much about the history of parliament, the rules and traditions that are still followed today. We highly recommend all UK residents should go and find out more about where the key decisions are made in the UK, how the system works and encourage others to go as well. Truly eye opening.
Written September 19, 2021
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Erik the Viking
Woking, UK98 contributions
Oct 2021 • Couples
Once through the airport style security you enter a great hall.(This is one of the few places that you can take photos)
It’s architecture is fantastic. In this hall you can get your audio tour sets. Highly recommend if you have not booked a guided tour
Following the tour you are transported around the building where you can marvel at its sheer opulence.
Visit those places that you see on tv and stand where Prime Ministers past, future and present stand
It is a historical must and if like me never done the London touristy thing then add this to your list
One thing to remember is that it is only open to public at certain times, mainly weekends
Written October 31, 2021
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laura t
Exmouth, UK73 contributions
Nov 2021 • Friends
Decided to visit the Houses of Parliament in a spontaneous visit and I am so happy that I did.
Used the audio guide and it gave so much information. It’s a place of our history and seeing the plaques on the floor shows us where our previous monarchs lied in state or was sentenced to death.
Seeing how our government works in deciding acts or laws to come into place is amazing. Make sure you take advantage of the staff working as they can give you more insider knowledge
Would recommend it to anyone visiting!
Written November 29, 2021
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louiselo
International48 contributions
Apr 2022 • Family
UK residents can book a free tour of the Houses of Parliament through their MP. Highly recommend doing so as we all really enjoyed the tour with our fantastic tour guide Phil who made it extremely interesting and entertaining. My husband and two children (12 and 10) also really enjoyed it. Definitely organise this when planning your trip to London!
Written April 15, 2022
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Jack
Luxembourg Province, Belgium21 contributions
Jan 2020
The visit at the Parliament was really worth the booking process (mandatory) and the cost. We visited on a Saturday in January and it was not overcrowded. You reall feel to be in the heart of history and recent politics (obviously Brexit) at te same time. I warmy recommend the visit and to continue after or start before with a stop in the garden to take the time to admire the scupture of the burgers of Calais.
Written February 15, 2020
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clare_r_uk
London, UK17 contributions
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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CovAaron
Coventry, UK109 contributions
Aug 2021 • Couples
A really informative tour around an iconic building.

Book your tickets before hand and you'll get sent a link to a free online tour which you can use on the day with your headphones as a guide. They also have devices there in case you didn't download this before hand.

The tour guide comprises of videos and directions which you can play at your own pace as you take a look around this historic building.

You get to walk through the House of Lords and House of Commons right past the dispatch boxes!

There's airport style security at the entrance so be prepared for that!
Written August 14, 2021
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hlt8829
5 contributions
Dec 2019
We thoroughly enjoyed our Guided Tour of the Houses of Parliament. Our tour guide Phil was amusing, engaging and extremely knowledgable. The whole experience the highlight of our flying visit to London. Would DEFINITELY RECOMMEND. Very slight critisism is that after the guided tour (which is in no way rushed - about 2.5 hours) would have been nice to revisit some of the areas on the tour that we visited to look at our leisure - which is what those persons taking an audio tour are able to do, thus having the opportunity to look in more time/detail at the paintings/artefacts/rooms covered in the tour. We did try to go back on ourselves but a tour guide advised that because we were now not part of a guided tour or had audo headphones on, it meant we were not able to go back on parts of the tour, which as I say we would have liked to have had the opportunity to do - especially as UK citizens we are entitled to a free tour, but due to the dates we were in London, it mean we had to pay £70 for 2 adults/1 child to visit.
Written January 1, 2020
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