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Houses of Parliament

Houses of Parliament

Capitol Building
Westminster, London
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    Jimmy M.
    "Definitely check out the House of Lords, gorgeous room and entryway!"(6 Tips)
    Mike K.
    "Gave evidence to the select committee looking at crossrail project."(4 Tips)
    Christopher F.
    "The building and architecture are amazing."(12 Tips)
    Sony Xperia™ Football
    "For any fan of history this is a must do - why not arrange a tour?"(28 Tips)
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  • Adam F.heart icon on user image
    Adam FlanaganApril 2, 2015
    This historic building is a must for anyone visiting London. The tour was brilliant and reasonably priced. The combination of imposing Gothic architecture and rich history make it one of my favourites
  • Diego U.heart icon on user image
    Diego UrdialesMay 24, 2017
    Brace yourself as the guided tour is 1h40 with few chances to sit, and it is expensive. But it is super interesting, with lots of trivia and important things to learn - and amazing architecture
  • PILAR P.heart icon on user image
    PILAR PRENDESMay 28, 2017
    If you want to understand England politics you mess to visit and have the tour! It is. A lot of learning and a beautiful place to be
  • George X.
    George XSeptember 10, 2016
    You will have the chance to wander around the parliament's halls (House of Lords and House of Commons) and see the place where all decisions for country's future are taken!
  • Fluying ✅.
    Fluying ✅May 29, 2019
    Visiting is free except when Parliament is recessed, and on Saturdays year-round, but you can still visit by paying for a guided tour or audioguide. In fact, recess is the best time for touring.
  • New York Habitat
    New York HabitatSeptember 26, 2011
    A tour of the Houses of Parliament should be on everyone’s to-do list. It takes just over an hour and really gives you a witty insight into the British Government system, art, and history as well.
  • Rhammel A.heart icon on user image
    Rhammel AfflickNovember 24, 2012
    Been here 25+ times
    Some very memorable events in this building for me. My most recently leading on the social media and press coverage for the UK Youth Parliament's House of Commons Sitting from this very spot:
  • izi.TRAVEL
    izi.TRAVELApril 7, 2014
    The Houses of Parliament consist of the House of Commons and the House of Lords. Their debates can be visited for free and seen from the public galleries referred to as the Strangers Galleries. Read more
  • Giacomo M.heart icon on user image
    Giacomo MasonJanuary 11, 2018
    The guided tour was a nice experience. You can see both Lords and Commons, and receive some rudimentary basics about the functioning of the (very peculiar) British parliamentary system
  • Carl G.heart icon on user image
    Carl GriffinMarch 20, 2016
    Probably the most recognisable parliament building in the world. Stunning Gothic architecture. Best viewed from Westminster bridge.
  • Jimmy M.heart icon on user image
    Jimmy MurphyNovember 29, 2014
    When in session, you can enter through the Cromwell gate and watch the houses in action, very cool. Definitely check out the House of Lords, gorgeous room and entryway!
  • Turkish Airlines
    Turkish AirlinesNovember 12, 2013
    Did you know that Big Ben isn't actually the name of the tower in London’s Houses of Parliament, but the nickname for the clock’s bell?
  • Yuuuuuu F.
    Yuuuuuu FJanuary 4, 2018
    You can observe both the room of lower and upper house. It is the very space of politics where debate and decision is done about UK’s future.
  • Fluying ✅.
    Fluying ✅May 28, 2019
    While most of the current building looks medieval with its prickly flamboyant spires, it was actually reconstructed in the “Neo-Gothic” style after an 1834 fire destroyed the palace.
  • c0uP
    c0uPAugust 17, 2012
    I've walked past this place at least 20 times, and I'll never get tired of how beautiful it is, in natural light, or how wonderfully lit it is at night.
    HISTORY UKFebruary 14, 2011
    The stretch of the Thames alongside the Houses of Parliament is the only restricted area of the river, due to obvious security concerns. River traffic must keep to the east bank.
  • Lamaheart icon on user image
    LamaSeptember 26, 2016
    Visiting the house of commons was just amazing. Seeing where the PMQs take place was an incredible experience. Highly recommend.
  • Tara E.
    Tara EvansJanuary 21, 2014
    The most magical tour of the Parliament and House of Lords. The bar is just a bit if an old man dive but the surroundings are spectacular.
  • Sebastiaan W.
    Sebastiaan WolzakApril 14, 2013
    Walk down towards the next bridge in the south to take pictures. Way better than the Westminster bridge at the BigBen
  • Tee
    TeeAugust 1, 2011
    Must see- get tix for amazing tour of parliament. Incredible architecture and history. Wonderful guide Liz- you are amazing in knowledge shared!
  • Dennis M.heart icon on user image
    Dennis MurrayJuly 4, 2017
    Great tour. One of our favorite guided tours in London.
  • Pamela T.
    Pamela TFebruary 21, 2011
    Parliament normally in session (Lords/Commons) late on Monday pm, visitors allowed. See London Walks & take the "Westminster By Gaslight" tour--no standing the queue to get in with your group!
  • Richard G.
    Richard GregoryJune 30, 2010
    Make sure you're correctly dressed when you visit as it is illegal to enter the Houses of Parliament when wearing a Suit of Armour. It is also illegal to die in here, so don't do that either. Have fun Read more
  • John M.
    John MurphyMarch 14, 2014
    Select committee experience is great for AS politics students. Tour guide was exuberant.
  • João G.
    João GonçalvesSeptember 27, 2016
    The real House of Cards was born here. And lots of important real life events also happened here.
  • Britannica
    BritannicaAugust 3, 2011
    A royal palace was said to have existed at the site under King Canute. The building, spoken of by W.Fitzstephen as an “incomparable structure,” was built for Edward the Confessor in the 11th century
  • Alasdair B.
    Alasdair BainJuly 12, 2011
    Been here 10+ times
    If you die here it's convention you receive a state funeral. Make sure you have a doctor with you to declare it otherwise the guards will simply drag you outside and declare it thereCheap bastar....
  • L K.heart icon on user image
    L KDecember 30, 2014
    Take the guided tour. Incredible history, far beyond anything I thought. Plus the tour goes where audio tour doesn't.
  • Kseniaheart icon on user image
    KseniaMarch 15, 2015
    A must-see place in London. Take the guided tour and enjoy.
  • Rhammified Media
    Rhammified MediaJanuary 16, 2013
    We were at Parliament once again, this time to create live content of the British Youth Council's Annual Parliamentary Reception in December 2012.
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  • British Youth Councilheart icon on user image
    BYC, supported by the House of Commons, launched the Youth Select Committee here on 17th April 2012 - a new body which mirrors the UK Parliament Select Committee. Read more
  • Gary H.heart icon on user image
    Gary HorSeptember 26, 2016
    A trip to London wouldn't be complete without a photo op against the House of Parliament (and Big Ben)!
  • Merve A.heart icon on user image
    Merve AltıntaşSeptember 13, 2016
    Seeing the house of common checked from the list! Serious must do in London!
  • Londonist
    LondonistAugust 2, 2013
    Ask the tour guides about the graffiti under the books in the House of Commons.
  • Rashid K.
    Rashid KhanJuly 6, 2013
    You can get a nice view from the bridge beside the building. It's a classic piece of architecture
  • Gabi B.
    Gabi BulumacOctober 6, 2014
    No animals are allowed into Parliament 😂😂😂 Power,scandals, can feel it, see it, smell it !
  • Peter B.heart icon on user image
    Peter BaileySeptember 16, 2016
    Fantastic evening at the House of Lords with Enactus UK
  • Humanist Heritage
    Humanist HeritageSeptember 18, 2010
    A number of prominent humanists and secularists have sat in each houses. One of them – Charles Bradlaugh – was the last person to be imprisoned in a cell in the Palace’s Clock Tower Read more
  • Michal
    MichalMarch 28, 2011
    I've been here many times but everytime amazed. Love the Tower clock and the walk in sorrounded park.
  • Christopher F.
    Christopher FryerSeptember 8, 2016
    The building and architecture are amazing.
  • Olga S.heart icon on user image
    Olga SidorovaMay 17, 2016
    Beautiful historical place!
  • Alastair S.heart icon on user image
    A truly historic and imposing place #Westminster #England #UnitedKingdom #GreatBritain 🏴󠁧󠁢󠁥󠁮󠁧󠁿🇬🇧
  • Leila R.
    Leila RigatosMarch 4, 2012
    Incredible architecture! It's amazing and a must see in London.
  • Morgans Hotel Group M.
    Order, order! Here lies the seat of British politics, the spiky neo-Gothic Palace of Westminster (aka the Houses of Parliament). Read more
  • Steve B.
    Steve BoswellAugust 4, 2013
    Contact your local MP. Most of them will happily give their constituents a tour if requested.
    Otel.comMarch 19, 2013
    Anyone who would die here is entitled to a state funeral, and it's forbidden. If they notice you looking a bit sick, they carry you out of the building immediately.
  • Kevin M.heart icon on user image
    Kevin McCulleyApril 23, 2015
    Everyone should visit the seat of government at least once
  • Sony Xperia™ Football
    Sony Xperia™ FootballDecember 6, 2011
    For any fan of history this is a must do - why not arrange a tour?
  • Chris heart icon on user image
    Chris January 28, 2015
    Magnificent! Especially during the night!
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