Saturday tour of the Houses of Parliament

Houses of Parliament, Parliament Square, Westminster, London 51.499437 -0.124738
Dates & Time:
Every Saturday (only bookable up to the 25th February 2017 at the moment)
Timed tickets every 15 minutes between 9 AM to 4.15 PM
Tickets & Cost:
Adults £25.50; Senior (over-60) £21; Children (5 to 15) £11; Children (under 5) free, but not recommended (due to the amount of walking)
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The Houses of Parliament are open for guided tours on most Saturdays of the year, when the MPs return to their constituencies.

The tour takes approximately 75 minutes and follows the processional route taken by Her Majesty the Queen when she performs the State Opening of Parliament. The public will be led by an expert guide through the Norman Porch, the Robing Room, the Royal Gallery and Prince's Chamber, before finally entering the House of Lords. Guests will then be allowed to stand in the chamber itself and look around the throne, before heading into the Central Lobby.

The tour will then visit the Member's Lobby and the House of Commons. Guests can walk around the back of the Speaker's Chair and down the centre of the room, before heading out to St. Stephen's Hall. The tour ends where it began, in Westminster Hall -- the historic chamber which witnessed the State trials of Guy Fawkes and Charles I.

Craig has been on this tour himself, and thinks that is better than the Summer Opening -- it's slightly less crowded and gives the guide more time to describe the rooms in detail. Check out his full review here. It is also possible to do an audio tour, which is basically the same thing, except that you walk round yourself with a pair of headphones and a map, instead of having a human guide. You can read Craig's review of the audio tour as well.

If you enjoy this tour, then you might be interested in coming back during the week to see the MPs debating in the House of Commons. (Check out Craig's review of the House of Commons and House of Lords.) You might even wish to attend Prime Minister's Questions. You can even go on a guided tour of Big Ben.

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