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Houses of Parliament, London

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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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  • we purchased tickets well in advance (it was sold out all day) and had a very informative tour conducted by Diane who was a terrific guide, explaining many areas we had not seen or knew much about. 
    we purchased tickets well in advance (it was sold out all day) and had a very informative tour conducted by Diane who was a terrific guide, explaining many areas we had not seen or knew much about.  more »
  • On the positive side: how great to be able to see, touch, feel and smell the "mother of parliaments" after reading about it for all these years. To be "this close" to where Churchill gave some of his....  more
    On the positive side: how great to be able to see, touch, feel and smell the "mother of parliaments" after reading about it for all these years. To be "this close" to where Churchill gave some of his....  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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