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Review of Sessions House

Sessions House
Ranked #33 of 65 things to do in Hamilton
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Owner description: Home to Bermuda's House of Assembly and the Supreme Court, this building is most interesting for its neo-classical architecture and watchtower commemorating Queen Victoria's Golden Jubilee.
Reviewed 23 June 2015

this. Yielding is really pretty and quite awesome. At times you can go in and observe. Really interesting

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Reviewed 16 January 2015

Bermuda has a reasonable claim to have the fourth oldest democratic assembly in the world, although of course this building dates from the 19th century, after the capital moved to Hamilton. Turning up for an advertised tour (on a Thursday afternoon) we found the building apparently empty, eventually finding a gentleman in a T-shirt on the top floor sorting out rubbish. He turned out to be the Serjeant-at-Arms, who told us to wait downstairs. A few minutes later he took us into the House of Assembly, invited my wife to sit in the Premier's seat (and me in the Deputy Premier's seat, a proper reflection of our relationship), got out the Mace (which only comes out at Westminster when the Commons is sitting), and gave an extremely interesting talk. Towards the end a tall gentleman came into the Chamber, who turned out to be the Speaker, who was very happy to chat to us.

We have visited 'Parliamentary' buildings all over the world; until this trip the only time when we had been permitted to enter the chamber was the State Senate in Maine, but this was encouraged in Bermuda in both the House of Assembly and the Senate (see my review of the Cabinet Building).

It is a small 'Parliament', sitting only on some Fridays throughout the year, but the Members are paid $56,000 pa nonetheless.

As well as being able to sit in the Chamber there were a number of interesting paintings on the stairs and hallways. The Supreme Court also occupies this building.

Do allow time to see this building, then go over the road to the Cabinet Building to visit the Senate.

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Reviewed 14 December 2014

Interesting insight into how the country runs. Based on a UK two house system this building is where the houses sit. We joined a tour midway and this was the first building we saw, it's pretty impressive. Get a chance to sit in the MP seats and listen to how the parliament commences. Important part of the island history. Suggest set aside one hour, has a lift inside the building but is not easy to negotiate with a wheelchair - manageable with help. Photographs inside are permitted. The art work, architecture and gardens are worth seeing alone.

Thank Katie906
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Reviewed 28 June 2014

The sessions house is a large and beautiful building overlooking the harbor. The grounds are large (by Bermuda standards) and well kept. It has a very large clock tower and a wonderful façade. It is worth the few minutes it takes to walk from Front street to see it.

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Reviewed 10 November 2013

On thing about these public tours is that one finds all about how political decisions made at this level. One certainly gets a sense on how things work on civics that one is taught in school plus exercising one vote makes a difference in national politics. I even read five days worth of newspapers and politics is very much apart of everyday life on this island.

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