Palace of Westminster

As befits a Constitutional Monarchy, Britain’s Houses of Parliament, the nation’s highest legislature, meet in a palace — the Palace of Westminster, Charles Barry’s Perpendicular Gothic masterstroke from 1853. A guided or audio tour brings to life the history and detail of this splendid building and its complex workings. Among the highlights: the House of Commons and House of Lords, where issues are debated; historic Westminster Hall, the only surviving portion of the site’s original 11th Century palace; the gilded Queen’s Robing Room, where Her Majesty dons robe and crown before addressing the House of Lords; the magnificent Central Lobby (marble statues, chandeliers, stained glass windows), and more.

Hours

Monday
9:00 AM – 5:00 PM
Tuesday
9:00 AM – 5:00 PM
Wednesday
9:00 AM – 5:00 PM
Thursday
9:00 AM – 5:00 PM
Friday
9:00 AM – 5:00 PM
Saturday
Closed
Sunday
Closed
Hours may vary or change.

Nearest Transit

Circle District Jubilee
Westminster (0.08 mi)

Reviews

4.5 486 Google Reviews
  • Alex J Blower

    12 Jul 2017

    A magnificent building full of history and has lots of stories to tell. You can't help but feel amazed as you walk through the corridors, lobbies and the two houses of parliament. Love the fact you get free roam of the building's public areas and that you can go around at your own pace. It really helps you take it all in.

  • Jon Taylor

    25 May 2017

    Unique building. Architectural masterpiece. Well worth a visit to this seat of power. They do public tours of the building when parliament isn't sitting. Worth getting on one of these if you can.

  • Parvinder Singh

    15 Jun 2017

    A great place to move around. Great monuments alongside this historic place. No animals are allowed into the Palace of Westminster, other than seeing eye dogs.

  • Kat Han

    8 Jul 2017

    I had a delightful (and funny) tour here, followed by a nice Afternoon Tea overlooking the Thames. Learned lots, and I have been converted over to the pleasures of scones...

  • Cherelle Smith

    7 Jul 2017

    If you want to view through time its get a ricoh theta camera and a Rolex and Omega then take a picture of yourself with the ricoh. Then while wearing your gold watch on your right hand and the silver on your left hand take a picture with the ricoh of your watches. Then synchronize your camera to your phone Then at the time you were born flip a pound coin in your right hand don't drop it and make sure It lands on heads then hold it heads up on top of the gold watch for five seconds Then flip a 10p in your left hand don't drop it and make sure it lands on heads then hold it on top of the silver watch for five seconds then hold your index and middle fingers on your cerebral cortex For fifteen minutes then view through time!!!! Make sure the watches are numbered and the watches are metal strapped!! Also works with a sekonda!! All will be explained!!

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