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
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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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Neighbourhood: 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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timjstark
Milwaukee, WI638 contributions
May 2022 • Solo
I didn’t plan well enough to secure a guided tour, but taking full use of all the aspects of the multi media tour as well as asking multiple questions to the (ever helpful) staff members, added up to a wonderful two hours in this historic place.
Next time: A visit while Parliament is in session!
Written 25 May 2022
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Anthony M
9 contributions
May 2022
The tickets were not available to tour the inside on the day we went via the underground. But it was very impressive to look at from the outside. We finally got pictures of Big Ben which we could not do when on our bus tour.
Written 23 May 2022
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Lisa M
Aberdeen, MD15 contributions
May 2022
I made the mistake of purchasing my ticket to tour the "Houses of Parliament" to be immediately AFTER I toured Westmininster Abbey. Tour the "Houses of Parliment" FIRST. Otherwise, you be slightly deflated in what you see. It was very interesting to tour this building. It was a self-guided tour with a headset. I couldn't follow the voice guide headset, with the correct the room, very well though. Nothing was in session at the time while there. All in all, I was happy with my visit - only wish I hadn't done it right after Westminster Abbey.
Written 22 May 2022
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StephenCross
Dublin, Ireland16,926 contributions
May 2022 • Solo
The Houses of Parliament always look amazing but I have always felt that at night time they are at their best. Big Ben towering above!
Written 6 May 2022
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Ron M
Houston, TX14 contributions
Apr 2022
Very busy. We went early and it was still absolutely crazy. Hard to see the whole thing as there is so much there. Do a little research ahead and decide what you most want to see and start there.
Written 3 May 2022
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Angus L
Newcastle upon Tyne, UK77 contributions
Apr 2022
Wonderfully designed building and looking beautiful in the sun.
Most of the scaffolding has been taken down during our arrival in April.
Good to see it 'in the flesh' as we say.
The smallest Tesco Express shop can be found across the road.
We bought a whisky there to take back to our hotel.
Written 1 May 2022
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Owen R
Edinburgh, UK252 contributions
Apr 2022
Wow, how could they have built this and many others in London in the "old days" Beautiful old building and what a feat. I would love to see inside but that not possible.
Written 28 April 2022
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Nathan J
Kenwood, CA2 contributions
Apr 2022
Viewed from a distance but overall it was a great experience. It would have been nice to have a tour to see how things were set up on the inside.
Written 25 April 2022
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Cosmopolitan800580
United Kingdom109 contributions
Apr 2022
home of British democracy for over 1,000 years. don't miss Westminster hall and its magnificent hammer beam roof. The passage to central lobby was the site of the former Chamber. Central Lobby is a great meeting space and you can see lots of well known faces if you time your visit right. The Chambers are only open to visitors at certain times when the House isn't sitting but the attraction can be to see parliament at work either in the original building or the newer Portcullis House. Time your visit for a Select Committee session and sit in on MPs grilling a witness or visit the house of Lords for a debate - much easier to attend that a debate in the House of Commons chamber.
Written 25 April 2022
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donnastenner
Dorset, UK29 contributions
Apr 2022
Me and my political 13-year old son went here for a day out in London yesterday and it was great. We took the digital tour and were surprised with the amount you could see, and the House of Commons is a lot smaller in real life! Really great experience, the only downside was that the gift shop was rubbish and had barely any books
Written 24 April 2022
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