Houses of Parliament
Houses of Parliament
4.5
Historic Sites • Architectural Buildings • Government Buildings
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12:00 AM - 11:59 PM
Monday
12:00 AM - 11:59 PM
Tuesday
12:00 AM - 11:59 PM
Wednesday
12:00 AM - 11:59 PM
Thursday
12:00 AM - 11:59 PM
Friday
12:00 AM - 11:59 PM
Saturday
12:00 AM - 11:59 PM
Sunday
12:00 AM - 11:59 PM
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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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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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Alex W
St. Albans, UK1 contribution
May 2023 • Business
I enjoyed a splendid visit to the Palace of Westminster with a member of the House of Lords. The Palace itself is glamorous and exquisite, with plenty of history to discover. The staff were courteous and helpful.

I recommend this to you without reservation.
Written 30 May 2023
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Grover R
Pensacola, FL17,858 contributions
Dec 2022
There are many things that come to mind when someone says London. One of those is the symbol of Western Representative Democracy, the Houses of Parliament. The Palace of Westminster is that distinctive English style with its spires and towers. Parliament is one of the first democratic checks to the divine authority of monarchs and the basis for our American Congress. I cannot think of a Governmental building than comes close to the US Capitol outside of this structure. It also has such an unbelievable location on the River Thames. You can get good pictures from so many places, but I think the best place to see it is on Lambeth Bridge, Westminster Bridge or the east walk along the Thames between those two bridges.
Written 27 May 2023
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4StarDave
Saratoga Springs, NY464 contributions
May 2023
The Houses of Parliament are such iconic buildings. Big Ben stands tall and proud. Small park across the street to rest at.
Written 27 May 2023
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SimonDunkerley
Harrow, UK33 contributions
May 2023
We did the guided tour. Our guide was Holly and she was excellent. The tour of the Houses of Lords and Commons is an absolute must! ican't recommend it highly enough.
Written 27 May 2023
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Vir Thanki
Leicester, UK35 contributions
May 2023 • Family
Outstanding!

It’s something that mustn’t be missed, especially for politics enthusiasts like myself. It’s free to enter the visitors gallery of the Commons and the Lords as well as Westminster Hall.

It must be noted that you will be unable to take photos beyond Westminster Hall - which is stunning.

The highlight was being able to see and walk behind Liz Truss (former UK PM and Member for South West Norfolk). I was also able to bump into and have a small chat with the Shadow Home Secretary Yvette Cooper.

However: You will be unable to get the true experience of Parliament if you happen to visit during Parliamentary recess. But booked tours will be available for a fee.
Written 26 May 2023
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Gary T
Swansea, UK84 contributions
May 2023
We walked around the outside of this truly amazing building after we realised that entry into Westminster Abbey was not possible because we hadn't bought tickets online. There was a heavy police presence here but that is understandable in the light of constant terrorist threats.
Written 26 May 2023
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Hannelore H
United Kingdom245 contributions
Sep 2022
An absolutely iconic landmark, a must see for anyone visiting London, gorgeous period architecture, a definite must-see.
Written 23 May 2023
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sally m
1 contribution
May 2023
Be wary of taking children.

We booked as a family to do the Big Ben tour. These tickets were booked months in advance, it was a family outing specifically booked for a special day out was highly anticipated by all of us.

We arrived, went through security, got both sets of passes and were ready to go on the tour. We had even put our bags and phones in lockers and then we were told that we couldn’t all go on the tour as a member of parliament staff felt that all the children were not over the age of 11. The children are indeed all over the age of 11.

The staff member who made the decision was not prepared to allow us to go on the tour despite reassurances.

At no point in the booking process was it requested to provide details of the age of the children nor was it requested that I should bring evidence of the age of the children in case their age was questioned.

This utterly ruined what was supposed to be very special day out treat. We had been waiting years for the Big Ben tours to reopen and were delighted to get tickets. We had travelled to London especially and we were all very much looking forward to the visit. This whole situation could have been very easily avoided if at booking it was requested we bring confirmation of the childrens ages. Who ordinarily goes on a day out and takes passports with them?

We were told by staff that they would not issue a refund and that they are not able to rebook tickets for a future date as they are all booked out.

Very disappointing experience and handled badly by staff.

Be wary if you're taking children and make sure that you take a passport!
Written 19 May 2023
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LHoffman1978
Sylvania, OH257 contributions
Mar 2023
We took the tour and learned a lot about their government. and got to view the entire building. Well worth the time!
Written 18 May 2023
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Emily K
1 contribution
May 2023 • Friends
Fantastic tour and very interesting for not only the history but also the politics and how it all works. Philip (Phil) was our tour guide 10 out of 10 for him. He gave a very good tour with interesting facts and brought humour to our tour, which didn't make it stuffy and kept our group fully engaged at all times. Sometimes, I could find tours like this to be boring, but with a guide like Phil, I learnt a lot on this tour, and now if I watch it on TV will have a total different insite. Would love to have taken photos, but you can only take photos in Westminster Hall and the outside of the building.
Written 17 May 2023
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