Houses of Parliament, Westminster, London

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Tours of the Houses of Parliament offer visitors a unique combination of 1,000 years of history, contemporary political activity, and stunning art and architecture. See inside the House of Lords, House of Commons and medieval Westminster Hall and discover how events in this world famous building continue to shape the UK.
Helpful facts:
  • Westminster Hall was built between 1097 and 1099 and is the oldest surviving part of the Houses of Parliament.
  • The Palace of Westminster was a royal residence up until 1512 but is still a royal palace.
  • Parliament consists of three parts; the Sovereign – Her Majesty The Queen, the House of Lords and the House of Commons.
  • Since the 17th Century, the Sovereign – Her Majesty The Queen has not been allowed to enter the House of Commons.
  • Most of the Palace of Westminster had to be re-built after a huge fire on 16 October 1834.
  • Charles Barry, the architect of the new Palace of Westminster, also worked on Highclere Castle where much of ‘Downton Abbey’ was filmed.
  • The House of Commons Chamber was badly damaged following an air raid on 10 May 1941 and was re-built after the Second World War.
Ideal for:

Individuals, groups

Did you know?

The brightness of the 2016 ‘New Dawn’ light sculpture in Westminster Hall is computer linked to the tide of the River Thames.

Top Tip

Although not always essential, advance booking is strongly recommended and will secure you the most convenient time slots and lowest prices/group rates.

Tours are available on Saturdays throughout the year and on most weekdays during parliamentary recesses including Christmas, February, Easter and the summer. A wide choice is offered, from self-guided audio tours and guided tours to private morning tours or early evening ‘Royalty and Splendour’ tours. Afternoon tea with a fine view of the Thames is a popular addition to the tours. Both individual visitors and groups are welcome and well catered for.

Easy access to the Houses of Parliament via Westminster Underground Station.

Find Out More

Online at or by calling Parliament’s Bookings Team on +44 20 7219 4114.