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Skip the Line into Houses of Parliament & Westminster Abbey Fully-Guided Tour

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    Pass By: Parliament Square, London England

    Parliament Square

    Stop At: Westminster Abbey, 20 Dean's Yard Broad Sanctuary, London SW1P 3PA England

    Visiting only on Saturdays, you’ll be able to visit the House of Commons and House of Lords, as well as many of the other beautiful halls and chambers in which the laws of Great Britain are decided. Along the way, you’ll learn the unique stories, traditions and lore of one of Europe’s oldest constitutional monarchies and see how the past and present combine to create a society that is both fiercely modern and deeply steeped in history.

    Your day begins with skip the line entry into Westminster Abbey, the most serene time to see Britain’s most cherished church. With roots dating back over 1,000 years, this Gothic masterpiece is the traditional coronation site and burial ground of kings and queens, along with national heroes like Isaac Newton, Charles Darwin, and William Wilberforce. On your visit, you’ll learn from a local expert guide how the British monarchy helped shape the country’s conversion to democracy, as well as a few interesting tidbits about Winston Churchill, one of the only non-royals to ever lay in state in the Abbey after his death.


    Duration: 1 hour 30 minutes

    Stop At: Houses of Parliament, Parliament Square, London SW1A 0AA England

    Then it’s on to Parliament. While most people see it with an audio guide, you’ll be shown around by a tour guide who has spent years studying the facts and events that really immerse you in the story of this amazing building. The tour begins in the oldest part, Westminster Hall, which has been hosting state functions for nearly 1,000 years and is one of the finest surviving examples of medieval timber architecture in the world.

    Beneath the titanic timbers of 600 ancient oak trees, you’ll learn about the history of the building, how it was almost lost to fire numerous times, and how it keeps reinventing itself to accommodate new generations of royals and politicians. You’ll also peek into the room where the Queen dons her crown and ermine-trimmed cape before she officially opens the sessions of each new parliament before heading inside the Chamber of the House of Lords, one of the most impressive rooms in the Palace. Inside, you’ll learn how people become peers based on their expertise in fields like sports, medicine, and technology.

    Next, you’ll head into the engine room of British democracy; the Chamber of the House of Commons, where Britain’s elected Members of Parliament come to face off (literally) over how to run the country. Here you’ll see the lines that may or may not have spawned the phrase ‘toe the line’, and learn about the centuries-old ceremonies that keep this modern legislative body firmly connected to its ancient past - including why this is the only room in England that the Queen is not allowed to enter.

    After learning some of the highlights of the building’s history, including a failed terrorist attack in 1605 that the British still celebrate today (ever hear of Guy Fawkes Night?), you’ll head into two of the most unique rooms in the building: the Division Lobbies. It’s in these rooms that, according to a tradition that dates back to Ancient Rome, opposing sides gather before a parliamentary vote, the ‘Ayes’ in one room, the ‘Noes’ in another, and are then counted as they leave.

    As you stroll these halls, you are literally walking in the footsteps of men like Henry VIII and Winston Churchill. History, legend, lore, and a lot of pomp and circumstance mix and mingle as you take in nearly one thousand years of history from one of the best guides in London.


    Duration: 1 hour 30 minutes

    Pass By: Take Walks, London England

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    Departure Point
    Sir Winston Churchill Statue, Parliament Square, Westminster, London SW1P 3JX, UK
    Duration
    3h 45m
    Return Details
    Houses of Parliament, Bridge St, Westminster, London SW1A 2PW, UK
    Inclusions
    • Headsets
    • Entrance to Westminster Abbey
    • Entrance to Houses of Parliament
    • Fully guided tour inside Houses of Parliament & Westminster Abbey
    • Groups of 20 people/ From 1st March Groups of 25 people
    • Expert Guide
    • Entry/Admission - Westminster Abbey
    • Entry/Admission - Houses of Parliament
    Exclusions
    • Food & Beverages
    • Gratuities
    • Hotel Pick-Up/Drop-Off
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    Additional Info
    • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
    • Not wheelchair accessible
    • Unfortunately we are unable to accommodate guests with mobility impairments, wheelchairs or strollers on this tour.
    • Comfortable walking shoes recommended.
    • Please note that for security reasons bag searches will take place at Westminster Abbey and Houses of Parliament.
    • Near public transportation
    • Travelers should have a moderate physical fitness level
    • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 20 travelers
    Cancellation Policy
    For a full refund, cancel at least 24 hours in advance of the start date of the experience.
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    Reviewed 3 weeks ago

    Great tour to be able to see so much in one day. Our tour of Westminster Abbey and Parliament was expertly guided by Nicholas. The use of the individual audio hearing devices was a great touch to ensure that nothing wasn’t heard.

    Date of experience: September 2019
    Thank Scott O
    TakeWalksSF, Guest Relations Manager at Take Walks, responded to this reviewResponded 3 weeks ago

    We are delighted to hear that you enjoyed your tour with Nicholas! We appreciate your feedback and hope that the rest of your visit to London was a good one!

    Reviewed 1 September 2019 via mobile

    My wife and I did this trip recently when in London. The guide was fantastic and very informative. You see all the major sights like Westminster Abbey, the House of Commons and the House of Lords whilst learning about their illustrious past. This trip takes...More

    Date of experience: August 2019
    Thank chockey
    TakeWalksSF, Guest Relations Manager at Take Walks, responded to this reviewResponded 8 September 2019

    Hi chockey, Thank you for taking the time to share your experience! We are glad that you enjoyed your time exploring the ins-and-outs of British statecraft with us!

    Reviewed 30 August 2019 via mobile

    The tours at the Westminster Abbey and Parliament were well worth the price of admission. We learned so much history behind each- I always look forward to well run guided tours.

    Date of experience: August 2019
    Thank joannh715
    TakeWalksSF, Guest Relations Manager at Take Walks, responded to this reviewResponded 4 weeks ago

    Hi joannh715, We appreciate you taking the time to share your feedback with us. We look forward to sharing well-crafted experiences with all of our guests and are excited to hear that you enjoyed yours! Take care, The Walks Team

    Reviewed 29 August 2019 via mobile

    Our guide, Nick, was excellent. He did a great job of organizing the tour and getting us everywhere on time. His narration was entertaining and informative. Very thorough tour of Westminster Abbey (with skip-the-line access through a rear entrance). Got us to the House of...More

    Thank mnestor76
    TakeWalksSF, Guest Relations Manager at Take Walks, responded to this reviewResponded 4 weeks ago

    We're so glad that you had a wonderful tour of Westminster Abbey and Parliament with us! We do our best to deliver the best possible experiences to our guests, and we are happy to hear that in this case, we succeeded! Yours Truly, The Walks...More

    Reviewed 15 August 2019

    The skip the line tour is the way to go! Our guides (Ruby) were both knowledgeable and enjoyable. I was inspired by seeing the famous burial sites that were long on my bucket list and learned something about Parliament. Great way to start off our...More

    Date of experience: August 2019
    Thank Beth M
    TakeWalks, Public Relations Manager at Take Walks, responded to this reviewResponded 20 August 2019

    Dear Beth M, Thank you for taking the time to write a review! We are so pleased to hear that this tour of Parliament was a great way for you to start off your stay in London! It's wonderful to hear that you enjoyed your...More

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    8 March 2019|
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    Response from 947marinar | Reviewed this property |
    Well we went in November which was after September and our tour was given by our local Mp’s assisent. Just contact your local Mp and ask them they are usually more than happy to oblige. Every vote counts 😃
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