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Houses of Parliament, London

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#5 of 265 in Historic Sites in London
Must see · Government Building · Architectural Building
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See British democracy in action at Houses of Parliament. During the week, all British residents and overseas visitors can watch legislators debating for free. If your visit falls on a Saturday, or during the summer recess, you'll be able to take a guided tour of the building. The tours are comprehensive, starting in the Queen’s Robing Room, moving through chambers for debating and voting, and finishing in medieval Westminster Hall. Along the way, you'll encounter grandly appointed spaces and collect knowledge about British parliamentary procedure. UK residents can also tour Elizabeth Tower, but foreign visitors cannot. A visit to Houses of Parliament represents just the start of the adventure when you use our London trip planner to plot your vacation.
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  • I didn’t plan well enough to secure a guided tour, but taking full use of all the aspects of the multi media tour as well as asking multiple questions to the (ever helpful) staff members, added up to....  more
    I didn’t plan well enough to secure a guided tour, but taking full use of all the aspects of the multi media tour as well as asking multiple questions to the (ever helpful) staff members, added up to....  more »
  • The tickets were not available to tour the inside on the day we went via the underground. But it was very impressive to look at from the outside. We finally got pictures of Big Ben which we could not....  more
    The tickets were not available to tour the inside on the day we went via the underground. But it was very impressive to look at from the outside. We finally got pictures of Big Ben which we could not....  more »
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  • Amazing history and tour guide ‘Phil’ was extremely knowledgeable and funny. Required disable access for one of my party and that was very well accommodated. What an incredible place, oozing with history, tradition and quirkiness. Great throughout. Arrive a good 10 minutes early to clear airport style security and walk through to the starting point. No photos except in Westminster Hall.
  • Loved this. Most tourist sites were packed last week but this was much quieter. No queues. Absolutely fascinating and amazing how much you get to see. The House of Commons is tiny! We opted for the audio tour which is great.

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