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Review of Houses of Parliament

Houses of Parliament
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Inside the Houses of Parliament and Westminster Abbey Tour in London
Ranked #8 of 1,526 things to do in London
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Owner description: 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. Visitors can book tours through the House of Commons and the House of Lords, and are welcome to watch debates and committees when the Houses are sitting..
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 22 helpful votes
“MP trip”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 June 2012

do get a trip organised by your MP. Well worth the visit and so full of history. A talking point for years to come - very down to earth guide too who enagaged our son well (aged 9)

Visited October 2011
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“My favourite tour”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 June 2012

The tour guide was really informative, some MP's could do with taking the tour to remind them why they are there.

Visited May 2012
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“palace vs parliament”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 June 2012

Many people are attracted to Westminster Palace to see the House of Commons and House of Lords. Politicians require security and thus make viewing the actual palace more complicated. In addition, politicos wish to rub elbows with their own constituents, therefore the building is restricted from "overseas visitors" except on Saturdays and in August-September, when Parliament is not in session. Tourists CAN schedule visits for the purpose of watching debates, by queuing up on St Margaret Street. The House of Lords' line is usually shorter; once you are in you may go to either.

Westminster Palace has existed since the 11th century and did not become home to Parliament until the 13th century. Two fires, in 1520 and 1834, caused extensive renovation. The latter rebuild, by architect Charles Barry, incorporated the medieval buildings into the current "perpendicular gothic" style we see today. The palace was also retouched after a bomb struck during WWII, and more lately has been cleaned of grime from air pollution. The building is now divided into the Old and the New. Surviving all the above are the original gems: Westminster Hall, the Cloisters of St Stephen's, the Chapel of St Mary Undercroft and the Jewel Tower. Even some of the New rooms are lovely, such as the Queen's robing room, complete with throne.The Clock Tower, of course, holds the 13-ton bell named Big Ben. But the only way to tour that tower is to marry a British citizen. Be sure to notice the statue of Richard the Lionheart, plus Rodin's Burghers of Callais. Blue badge guides run 1 1/2 hour tours continuously in summer.

Visited May 2012
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“Beautiful”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 June 2012

The architecture is detailed magnificent, You can take a look up close or from across the bridge. It all just take some time to sink it.

Visited July 2011
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“a must see for visitors”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 June 2012

This was certainly one of the highlights of our touring around London and we had a wonderful guide called Hillary who was so knowledgeable about the Palace of Westminster and the British Parliamentary traditions

Visited May 2012
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