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Address: Westminster, London SW1A 0AA, England
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Most of this iconic building was built in the mid-19th century following a...

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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Apart from some confusion about where to collect prebooked tickets the experience was well organised. Security was thorough (as expected) but moved quickly. The audio tour was... read more

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed yesterday NEW

Apart from some confusion about where to collect prebooked tickets the experience was well organised. Security was thorough (as expected) but moved quickly. The audio tour was interesting and you were able to enter all areas including the houses of lords and commons. Would recommend.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed yesterday NEW via mobile

I have visited twice and thoroughly enjoyed myself both times. It's a really interesting tour and even if the teens pretend they're bored they are secretly enjoying it. It's really informative and interesting. I've dragged my Londoner born and bred boyfriend to all of the tourist venues and he voted this one the best.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

We absolutely loved our guided tour in the Houses of Parliament!!! The rooms were probably the most stunning of any Parliament building we've seen in Europe, and we really enjoyed learning more about the way the government functions. Our guide, Jakob, was also fantastic. He was very entertaining, and so knowledgeable. We've recommended this to several friends planning trips to... More 

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

Stunning architecture, history and ritual. If you call in on the spur of the moment you can visit the public gallery after clearing security. Great experience!

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Ian L, Manager, Visitor Services at Houses of Parliament, responded to this review

Thank you for your review. We are glad you enjoyed your visit. As well as visiting the public galleries to watch a debate when the Houses are sitting, visitors can also take a guided tour or a self-guided audio tour. Tours are available when the Houses are not sitting on Saturdays and most weekdays during parliamentary recesses. More 

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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 days ago NEW via mobile

This is a must see, if. Itching else then just to see the famous buildings. It was amazing to see. More than what I hoped for.

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

We sat in on both the House of Lord & Commons - No screaming and yelling unfortunately - Building is awesome - go (and it's free).

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 days ago NEW via mobile

For those interested in politics this is a great tour - the audio guide gave a full tour of current and historical information of Westminster Palace. Amazing architecture - I loved!!!!

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Ian L, Manager, Visitor Services at Houses of Parliament, responded to this review

Hi Vicky. We are delighted that you enjoyed your audio tour. Thanks for taking the time to post a review. More 

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 days ago NEW via mobile

If visiting pay the extra for the guided tour-you get taken to one side away from the hoards for information stops, a few sit downs along the way and learn some interesting facts. You can stand in the road of red and green seats in the houses but are not allowed to sit down! Allow time to clear security on... More 

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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

To see the Houses of Parliament we waited for along time then it just did not seem worth so we left but the building was outstanding same all the crap were to wait move away from there same

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King's Lynn, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

Had a fantastic conducted tour of the houses or parliament with a brilliant guide, learnt so much about how government works in an entertaining way, you can smell the power!

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Ian L, Manager, Visitor Services at Houses of Parliament, responded to this review

Thanks for your review and for booking a guided tour. We are very pleased that you enjoyed your visit. More 

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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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