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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 did the guided tour. It was very informative and very interesting. Really loved being able to go into the houses of lords & Commons rooms as well as many other places. May be dull for kids.  more »
  • We booked our FREE tour with our local MP, which as a UK citizen you are entitled to do. It was excellent. We were shown round by two of our MP's research assistants who were very knowledgable. Really...  more »
  • The tour is well planned and informative. A nice way to pass an afternoon indoors. The fact that it is actually used for parliamentary sessions makes it a lot more interesting :)  more »
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  • Guided tour very informative. Covered history and function. Westminster Hall is amazing (the only medieval part). Takes about 2 hours. Security strict understandably. Didn't have time for café.
  • Audio tour was very interesting and really complements the environment. All of the staff were really helpful. Great to see both chambers where so many laws are made.
  • Really place to go. Traditional British furniture. I went there for some news work of dailyroyal.co.uk feature article.
  • Theresa May is a tyrant. I roasted Winston Churchill. British are nice, except big ben
  • Visited with the local youth council during the Easter holidays. It was very easy to get to the building, but finding the entrance wasn't the clearest, although this is understandable, as it is a very high security building. Once inside, it was very easy to work out where we needed to be. All the tours seemed to be running on time, so our tour started at the time that we expected. A very efficient process. We were shown around and told about the history of the building by our tour guide, Peter Clark. He was very knowledgeable about the building and British politics. Any questions that were asked, he knew the answer to. He also had a great sense of humour and appeared to be great with the younger children. Overall, it was an amazing visit and I would suggest it to anyone who is able to gain entry. The best way is contacting your local MP, who may be able to give you tickets free of charge.
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