Have you ever visited Houses of Parliament? What did you think of it? Let other people know by posting your photos and writing a little review.
Parliament is a little imposing when you first visit it, it took me half an hour to pluck up the courage to walk up and see if i was allowed to enter. The front is full of gun cops and you wonder whether they're going to let you in. But once you're inside it's brilliant, well worth a trip. I went on a tour, and it was good because it was a pretty small group (about 10), and the guide know everything. Westminster Hall was very impressive, as he explained about all the trials of people like Guy Fawkes, and he points out where all the Kings and Queens laid in State when they died. He took us on the route that the Queen takes when shes comes up in her carraige to open Parliament in November. That takes you to the House of Lords (the one with all the red seats and gold throne) and then the rather less impressive House of Commons, which looks like a cheap version of the Lords.
Definitely a worthwhile tour. Its nice to see the places that you see on the news, so you can appreciate what they are really like
Could you tell me how long it would take to walk from Westminster Underground Station to the Houses of Parliment.
Thank You. Brian Harris
You just cross over a main road and that's it, so about thirty seconds. When you come out of the station you'll see Big Ben right there
I hope to tour the Parliament when I next visit the UK. But I understand that they plan to close it for improvements for a few years. Does anyone know if they will have tours while the works are in progress? And what are the expected dates of closure? Thanks.
Edit: I will add that I just saw the following on their web site, and I wonder if anything further is known? Are there non-Saturday tours in June?
When can I go on a guided tour? You can go on a guided tour on Saturdays throughout the year and most weekdays when Parliament is not in session. Book tickets now for the following dates: Every Saturday until 29 September 2018 Tuesday to Friday between 3 and 13 April 2018 Wednesday to Friday between 25 May and 1 June 2018 Monday to Friday between 1 and 31 August 2018 (except 27 August 2018) Tuesday to Friday between 18 and 28 September 2018
Hi Bruce. It’s not going to be for a long while yet. There are no official dates, but we’ve heard that the big closure might not happen until 2025.
The building will still be undergoing other repairs in the meantime (large parts of it are already covered in scaffolding).
The last time we went on a tour of Parliament the Royal Gallery was closed and they had some of the old tiled floors up, so if you do go on a tour expect to see some work going on.
The exception is Big Ben, which has already been closed. That will not reopen again until 2020. It’s also completely covered in scaffolding. The only thing that’s visible now is the small square of the clock face
There are no non-Saturday tours in June because that’s when Parliament is a working building. It’s only when the MPs are on holiday over the summer and during Christmas and Easter that they offer midweek tours.
Ps. We still definitely recomnend going on a tour even with the building works - have a read of the reviews on our blog to see what it’s like inside.