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Address: Westminster, London SW1A 0AA, England
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+44 20 7219 4114
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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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Who knew Government is interesting...at least the building is

Took the parliament tour and heard some really interesting stories about british politics and history. If you're in the area check it out. The actual houses of parliament are... read more

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Marlborough, Massachusetts
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Marlborough, Massachusetts
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 76 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed yesterday NEW

Took the parliament tour and heard some really interesting stories about british politics and history. If you're in the area check it out. The actual houses of parliament are beautiful and interesting to hear about. You can also get a different vantage point of Mr. Benjamin the clock. I bet kids would find this dull, but anyone over 20 should... More 

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Manhattan Beach, California
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 22 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed yesterday NEW

Definitely make reservations in advance for a tour here . Lots of info on how the governement works between the commons and the lords. A beautiful building that will closed for renovation soon.

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Harrogate, United Kingdom
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 57 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed yesterday NEW

We were given a private viewing but there is much to see for any visitor. The halls are impressive and seeing democracy at work in what seems rather tight spaces awe inspiring. How the MP's and civil servants cope with such a busy, congested but historical surroundings beats me.

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Melbourne, Australia
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 19 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

This is an excellent tour which takes one through many interesting rooms and corridors. Our guide was extremely knowledgable and passionate about the subject. He moved through each section in an efficient manner ensuring that we did not send too long in one place. Although he was prepared to answer questions, his answers were concise, no doubt knowing that there... More 

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Boston, Massachusetts
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 days ago NEW via mobile

We bought our tour tickets online for the Houses of Parliament. The ticket included a prerecorded audio device that has a different story for each room you visit. You can only take pictures in the first two rooms of the tour.

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London
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 days ago NEW via mobile

Very knowledgeable and friendly guide. Good value for money given the length of the tour. Amazing history and architecture!

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London, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 days ago NEW via mobile

This is indeed a must see in London. The building is a wonderful neo-gothic achievement, with the iconic Big Ben on top. Although it's a high security area (and the Bobbies are everywhere) it's very much worthwhile to visit the chambers where the Lords and Commons meet as well as the rooms where the Queen prepares for the State Opening... More 

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Minneapolis, Minnesota
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 days ago NEW via mobile

A fabulous introduction to the British system of government. Book on line, que up at the appointed time, obtain your audio guide and off you go. All stops along the way are numbered to coincide with the audio guide. Informative, fun, and a great " behind the scenes" look at both Houses of Parliament.

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Thanks for posting a review. We are delighted that you enjoyed your audio tour around the Houses of Parliament. Please spread the word in Minneapolis! More 

Preston, United Kingdom
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

An excellent place to visit, the architecture is amazing as are the carvings and furnishings. Be prepared for long walks down endless corridors. Security is very good ensure you do not have any prohibited items on your person before you arrive. There is a check list on Westminster's website.

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Glasgow, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

Initially thought £25 was a bit steep, however upon completion of the 1 1/2 hour guided tour though it was well worth it. Guide was very knowledgeable and informative. I learned so much and can now relate to what I see of the Houses of Parliament on the television.

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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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