Houses of Parliament
Houses of Parliament
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12:00 AM - 11:59 PM
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12:00 AM - 11:59 PM
Tuesday
12:00 AM - 11:59 PM
Wednesday
12:00 AM - 11:59 PM
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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. 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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  • TerryH
    Hertfordshire, United Kingdom1,858 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Great experience
    Today we visited the Houses of Parliament and thoroughly enjoyed our visit. Our tour did not include a spoken guide. Instead we had a multi media package which was clear to understand but difficult to know which room was being spoken to and whether we were actually in the room being described. However the staff inside the building were fantastic and so keen to help and share their knowledge and passion. With a guide 5/5. Shame to media option wasn’t as good.
    Visited August 2023
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 2 August 2023
  • CJM
    2 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Tour of Speakers House with Phil
    We booked ourselves onto a guided tour of the Speakers State Apartments and we were not disappointed. Just seeing the rooms was a treat, but what lifted this tour way above others we've been on was our outstanding guide Phil. He gave us a much greater appreciation of the role of the Speaker and their importance both in and out of the House of Commons through his explanations. Phil also magnificently brought to life the history of the position of Speaker and the stories behind many of the previous holders of the office depicted in the portraits throughout the rooms in both a fascinating and very amusing fashion. He was able to answer all of the groups many questions and was thoroughly engaging. Sometimes tours like these can be a little dry, but Phil expertly weaved the historical and current facts related to the rooms and the objects on display, alongside the more peculiar and humorous tales related to them in a very entertaining way. It would be an excellent tour just looking around the building, but if its possible to request a particular guide, then ask for Phil as he really made it an outstanding experience. 5 stars!
    Visited August 2023
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 7 August 2023
  • AJ69
    South Yorkshire, United Kingdom34 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Highly Recommended.
    Had a brilliant time walking around Parliament. Our guide, Anna I think her name was, (originally from Poland) was fabulous. Her knowledge and the information she provided about the history of Parliament and the Monarchy was outstanding! The building is beautiful inside! It was great to stand where our lords, baronesses and MPs work. Really felt at the heart of it!
    Visited August 2023
    Travelled with family
    Written 24 August 2023
  • Maggie
    8 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Fantastic tour of Parliament
    Enjoyed everything about it.our tour guide mary Jane made parliament come alive in our minds.did'nt realise it was so ornate with plenty of artwork. Group size was good unlike Buckingham Palace where you are all crammed in. There are toilets and cafe at the start of tour and chance to sit down during the tour.thank you mary Jane for your knowledge.
    Visited August 2023
    Written 25 August 2023
  • Fred152
    Basking Ridge, New Jersey59 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Utterly fascinating!
    I found our tour of parliament to be the most interesting tour I had in over 2 weeks of sightseeing in the British Isles. It was a great combination of history and contemporary information. The one downside was a technical issue, where the guide’s transmitter was going in and out. My wife said she often couldn’t hear him well enough to appreciate the content.
    Visited August 2023
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 30 August 2023
  • Angus D
    Surfers Paradise, Australia130 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Worth the Wait
    I did a guided tour of the UK Parliament booked online via the website. The Palace of Westminster is spectacular and Tour Guide Nick was very entertaining. His delivery was humorous and informative and he was very able to answer questions. I wish we were permitted to take photos! These tours seem to be booked out quite a long way forward (about a month) so I was glad I was in London long enough to make a booking and eventually attend.
    Visited September 2023
    Travelled solo
    Written 1 September 2023
  • WA117
    London, United Kingdom28 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Fabulous tour given by Fiona! Recommended!!
    Went on a Parliament Tour last week with friends and it was fantastic! I have always admired the building externally but this time being on the inside was amazing. This was coupled with the very knowledgeable guide, Fiona who flawlessly engaged us with the history and parliamentary events. We first entered Westminster Hall. The Hall itself is physically quite vacant in the sense that there are not many artefacts to see (there is the impressive golden carriage though). Fiona did on the other hand manage to make the vacant room interesting by pointing out and elaborating the significance of beams, paving, walls and windows within the Hall which really set a historical tone and a feel of what it would have been like all those years ago. The tour was followed by a visit to the House of Lords and House of Commons. It felt surreal to be in those rooms seeing that we only normally get to see them on television. The building is full of statues, busts, paintings, clocks and intricate detail on ceilings. I am so glad to have Fiona as my guide. She made it fun and above all I learnt a lot from her on the day. I thoroughly enjoyed it! Highly recommended.
    Visited September 2023
    Travelled with friends
    Written 5 September 2023
  • sheepygold
    5,400 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    We had an excellent group tour
    I went round on a private tour with 25 people. The tour lasted about an hour and three quarters. The guide was very knowledgeable and took us to the House of Lords and Commons as well as other chambers and lobbies. All tours start in the huge Westminster Hall which is over 900 years old. The rest of the Palace was built in the 19th century or after bombing in WW2. The decorations are amazing but the commentary and history made this a great tour.
    Visited September 2023
    Travelled with friends
    Written 16 September 2023
  • Nana464
    Greenville, South Carolina32 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Top Experience
    Our visit was wonderful & to actually walk through the rooms I’d only seen on TV from the US was great. The history of the entire building was truly fascinating. We took a tour led by a guide & were very pleased - he truly enjoyed his work and was so proud of his country.
    Visited September 2023
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 20 September 2023
  • u2fan56
    London, United Kingdom880 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Excellent experience to learn more about UK Parliament
    My wife and I did the UK Parliament tour earlier in September. It was great experience. You start in Westminster Hall which is very impressive and has lot of history. You get to see House of Lords and House of Commons. Audio guide was very helpful. Highly recommend.
    Visited September 2023
    Travelled with family
    Written 23 September 2023
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Mari N
Pontefract, UK132 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2020 • Family
As a UK resident I applied for a free tour of the Houses of Parliament. The tour guide was very interesting albeit a little unsympathetic to an elderly member of the tour who was a bit unstable on her feet, especially when she had a dizzy spell and nearly sat on the benches in the Houses of Commons, heaven forbid. The gothic architecture and opulence is fascinating but we didn't get time to look at anything in detail en route which is a shame as some.of the murals and paintings look fascinating. At the end of our tour we did go to the gift shop which catered for those who wanted a small keepsake to those who wanted an extravagant gift. Final stop was the cafe, which was not subsidised unfortunately but given the tour was free I don't think we could expect the same priviledges offered to our parliamentary members. We partook in a very tasty sausage roll, a chai latte and a can of Coke for less than a tenner.
Written 12 January 2020
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DenJ
4 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2020 • Family
Absolutely brilliant!!
Unexpected visit in February half term ....we were planning on going to go to London aquarium but the massive queues put us off. We booked our ticket on the audio tour on our phone online while standing outside of the entrance gate and was really easy and went straight in. The place is totally Fascinating. the audio tour was great for us as we could take our time and spent about 2 hours doing the tour. Was completely in awe of the beauty of the building and the fact that you were allowed access to all areas including the chamber of the House of Commons and Lords. Would recommend highly if you want something to do with the kids in school holidays which is off the beaten track as it was not busy at all. Our kids aged 9 and 15 enjoyed it too but us oldies went a bit too slow for them at times. The guided tour looked good too but was more expensive. We didn’t stop in cafe as had other plans but it looked nice. Will definitely return
Written 22 February 2020
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Emma W
Norwich, United Kingdom27 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
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 6 October 2021
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Samm
32 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2020
If you'eve ever been to London or seen pictures of it you may have wondered if this building is actually the Houses of Parliament.
Luckily for you I can confirm these rumours - they are true. Whilst you cannot get close to the building you can always appreciate the majestic grandeur of this edifice from the other side of the Thames.
A great view for when you're passing by. Expect to spend about 10 minutes here taking photos (and waiting for the person who stepped in front of you to move so you can take a photo.) Worth seeing.
Written 27 August 2020
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Kels E
Manchester, England, United Kingdom12 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Sept 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 19 September 2021
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416patrickc
Birmingham, UK28 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
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 3 November 2021
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Beth Hodgkinson
Lancashire, UK347 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2020 • Solo
I took the free guided tour available to UK residents, which I booked a month prior to my visit to London. The security is excellent on arrival to the building with the whole process being relatively quick. From there you join your tour at Westminster hall, where the groups are called. You visit both the House of Commons and House of Lords and learn the role of both houses. The tour last around 90 minutes, which is of appropriate length for the detail of the tour.
Written 20 June 2020
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chipkaart36
Bath, UK33 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2022
We had booked a tour via our local MP. As instructed, we arrived early to allow for security, which took around 20 minutes but most of this time was queuing up to go through the checks but which was easy enough. Our guide, David, gathered up everyone booked in our group and issued us all with headsets so we could hear him clearly on the way around. The building is fascinating and David was very clearly incredibly passionate and knowledgeable about its history and had lots of stories and anecdotes. We visited on a Wednesday morning, so had to be quick in the Commons chamber as they needed to close it for security to do a sweep before PMQs but we still had plenty of time to see everything and thoroughly enjoyed it all. You aren't allowed to take photos on the way around but can do in the Hall at the start and end of your tour. We had a browse around the gift shop and stopped off for a very nice piece of cake and a coffee in the cafe. Everyone we dealt with was very friendly and helpful and my teenager enjoyed it so much he asked to come again so we have booked to visit for a PMQ session next time. Highly recommend visiting!
Written 18 November 2022
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cityfan097
The Hague, The Netherlands168 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Nov 2019
A super top, very interesting location, if you're interested in UK politics. Tickets have to be booked online or by telephone which is what we did, whole process went smoothly and very efficiently handled by the friendly booking clerk. We chose a Saturday since the house is not sitting, giving us more access and we opted for the cheaper audio tour which meant we went at our own speed, great choice! There are plenty of staff to answer additional questions you might have and the audio tour has plenty of extra info too. Unfortunately no photography allowed and whilst you're permitted to wander along the benches in both Houses you are not allowed to sit (members only have that privilege!)
Informative couple of hours, will certainly return!
Written 9 January 2020
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StaciH147
San Francisco, CA19 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2023
We visited Parliament on our third trip to London and I only wish we had seen it sooner. What an amazing place! Kudos to the Victorians who were able to save the 11th century Westminster Hall from the fire in 1834 and made the decision to rebuild the rest in the Gothic style. We booked the 90-minute guided tour and it was well worth the £32.00. There is so much to see and learn, I think it might have been overwhelming to rely on the multi-media guide. Note that this is a working government building and the guards are serious about security, so it's best to follow directions and only walk in the permitted areas. Also note that there is no coat check, so be prepared to wear or carry your jacket the whole time.
Written 15 March 2023
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