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London: Guided Tour of Houses of Parliament & Westminster

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Step into the heart of the British democracy with the only fully guided visit through Westminster Abbey and the Houses of Parliament.

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Highlights

  • Enjoy an exclusive guided tour of the Houses of Parliament.
  • Discover the history of iconic Westminster Abbey.
  • Visit Westminster Abbey at the best time of day to see it.
  • See the most important rooms in the Palace of Westminster.
  • Immerse yourself in the living history of British democracy.

Description

Explore inside Westminster Abbey, location of Royal Coronations since 1066 and Step into the House of Commons and House of Lords, as well as many of the other beautiful halls and chambers in which the laws of Great Britain are decided. Along the way, you’ll learn the unique stories, traditions and lore of one of Europe’s oldest constitutional monarchies and see how the past and present combine to create a society that is both fiercely modern and deeply steeped in history. Your day begins with skip the line entry into Westminster Abbey, the most serene time to see Britain’s most cherished church. With roots dating back over 1,000 years, this Gothic masterpiece is the traditional coronation site and burial ground of kings and queens, along with national heroes like Isaac Newton, Charles Darwin, and William Wilberforce. On your visit, you’ll learn from a local expert guide how the British monarchy helped shape the country’s conversion to democracy, as well as a few interesting tidbits about Winston Churchill, one of the only non-royals to ever lay in state in the Abbey after his death. Then it’s on to Parliament. While most people see it with an audio guide, you’ll be shown around by a tour guide who has spent years studying the facts and events that really immerse you in the story of this amazing building. The tour begins in the oldest part, Westminster Hall, which has been hosting state functions for nearly 1,000 years and is one of the finest surviving examples of medieval timber architecture in the world. You’ll also peek into the room where the King dons his crown and ermine-trimmed cape before he officially opens the sessions of each new parliament before heading inside the Chamber of the House of Lords, one of the most impressive rooms in the Palace. Next, you’ll head into the engine room of British democracy; the Chamber of the House of Commons. Here you’ll learn about the centuries-old ceremonies that keep this modern legislative body firmly connected to its ancient past - including why this is the only room in England that the King is not allowed to enter. As you stroll these halls, you are literally walking in the footsteps of men like Henry VIII and Winston Churchill. History, legend, lore, and a lot of pomp and circumstance mix and mingle as you take in nearly one thousand years of history from one of the best guides in London.

Includes

Guide Walking tour Ticket for Westminster Abbey Ticket for Houses of Parliament Headset

Important Information

  • This tour is unable to accommodate guests with wheelchairs, strollers, or mobility impairments
  • Please arrive at the meeting point at least 15-minutes before tour start time
  • Westminster Abbey is subject to closure during special celebrations/festivities, including the Easter ceremonies. If this occurs during your visit, we will run an alternative itinerary that includes and explanation of the Abbey from the outside.
  • For security reasons bag searches will take place at Westminster Abbey and Houses of Parliament
  • The tour partner complies with all local government regulations. You may need to wear a mask or provide proof of vaccination to enter certain venues. Please refer to local government guidelines for the most up-to-date information

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