Go round the Houses with a Palace of Westminster tour

June 25, 2024Natalie Mitchell0
All those in favour say ‘Aye!’!

We’re used to seeing the green and red benches of the House of Commons and House of Lords on our TV screens, but have you ever wondered what it’s like to follow in the footsteps of famous parliamentarians and see the iconic Palace of Westminster for yourself?

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This summer, book one of London’s most fascinating tours

The history of the Palace of Westminster spans over 900 years. It is the meeting point of the UK Parliament and one of the world’s most recognisable landmarks. Why not book an official tour this summer to go behind the scenes and experience the awe and wonder of hundreds of years of fascinating history?

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Choose a guided tour led by an expert guide. They will take you on a journey through the most iconic rooms on the estate. Your guide will share their first-hand knowledge of what happens at UK Parliament today, and a few lesser-known facts. Interested in politics, art, history, and architecture? There will be time for your questions along the way and these guides know their stuff!

If you prefer to explore at your own pace, choose a self-guided audio tour. It includes a multimedia device with your choice of 10 languages. The device will help you find your way and comes with great video and audio content. Plus, you can spend more time in the areas that interest you most! It’s great for young explorers too, with a device that includes fun and engaging learning content for children.

What you’ll see in 90 minutes

Both tours take around 90 minutes and include:

The oldest building on the parliamentary estate, Westminster Hall. It’s astonishing, not only for its great size and the magnificence of its roof, but its significant role in British history.

Central Lobby is the core of the Palace of Westminster and was designed as a meeting place for members of both Houses. You are likely to have seen Central Lobby before, on the evening news.

The House of Commons Chamber with its famous green benches. You will be standing in the exact place where history is made every day.

The House of Lords Chamber, the most ornately decorated room in the Palace of Westminster.

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Make the most of your visit

Take a break and enjoy refreshments in the Jubilee Café situated just off Westminster Hall. Soak up the charming ambiance of the converted stable block café and treat yourself to a tantalizing array of delights like locally sourced ice cream and the popular Jubilee Cream Tea.

You can top your visit off with a stop at the Jubilee shop just next to the café. Here you’ll find an assortment of truly unique gifts, souvenirs, children’s toys and other unique merchandise.

Booking information

All tours can be booked online. Book in advance for the best value and to guarantee entry on the day.

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Natalie Mitchell

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