Houses of Parliament

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The centre of political life in the UK, housed in the Thames-side Palace of Westminster.

Audio tours of the Houses of Parliament offer a unique combination of one thousand years of history, modern day politics and stunning art and architecture. The audio commentary brings to life this trip through the House of Lords and House of Commons. Tours take around 60 to 75 minutes and feature leading Parliamentary figures such as Mr Speaker and Black Rod.

Most of what is seen on the tour was built in the mid-19th century following a devastating fire in 1834, but the route also incorporates the magnificent Westminster Hall dating from 1097. Other highlights include the Queen’s Robing Room, Royal Gallery, Lords Chamber, Central Lobby and the Commons Chamber, scene of many lively debates.

A family version of the audio tour, aimed at children aged 7 to 12, is in the style of a ‘live’ news broadcast with time travelling reporters ‘reporting from the scene’ on the many historical events associated with Parliament.

Audio tours are also offered in French, German, Italian, Spanish, Russian and Mandarin.

Ticketed guide-led tours are also available. These and the audio tours are in addition to the free tours that continue to be available to UK residents via local MPs or members of the House of Lords.

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Venue name: Houses of Parliament
Address: Palace of Westminster
Opening hours: Saturdays throughout the year and most weekdays during holiday periods including Christmas, Easter and the summer. See venue website for full details.
Transport: Tube: Westminster
Price: Adults £18, Concessions £15.50, Under 16s one child free with each paying adult, otherwise £7.20
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Mei M

I feel like the tour of the Houses of Parliament is very underrated, people seem to think it's not interesting but I'm here to recommend it with all my passion!

The first time I've been there I was fourteen, during a school trip, and I wasn't that enthusiastic with the idea of going. I was so wrong! I enjoyed my visit so much, our guide was super nice and the history - as well as the present - of the Houses of Parliament was so interesting to listen to. It's one of the best memories I have of my first time in London.

I have been a second time a couple of weeks ago with a friend who really wanted to go, and once again it was such a great tour. You are given a free audio guide and I promise you won't be bored at all. The building is beautiful and the history is amazing!

Shona R

Cannot recommend this tour enough! I'm not a huge fan of historical tours, but the guided tour was well worth the amount we paid!  I've actually been back with everybody that comes to visit me and always learn a new bit of information.  Leave yourself a couple of hours to see both past and present of British history in the making

Also, if you get a chance, it's worth going early for a VERY cheap full English breakfast and this spectacular view!


One of the best tours you can have...Even if the tickets seem a bit expensive, it definitely worth it. You are given an audio guide (free of charge) that provides you all the useful information about the history of this impressive building. You will have the chance to wander around the parliament's halls (House of Lords and House of Commons) and see the place where all decisions for country's future are taken! Recommended!


I've done this tour 3 times and each time is different and enlightening.  Very interesting and well organised tour of our seat of government.  Last time I went they were trialling the  audio and though I was a bit apprehensive, it was actually very good.  If the news that the building is crumbling and Parliament may need to be moved to a new building, I suggest everyone books a tour of this historic building before it's too late!

Victoria A

I really enjoyed the tour. It was great fun to see the House of Lords and house of common. It was just wonderful to have a look on the inside of the Westminster.


If you get the chance, do it for all means. It is as british as it gets and lot`s of fun ;)