Saturday tour of the Houses of Parliament

, Parliament Square, Westminster, London 51.499437 -0.124738
Dates & Time:
Every Saturday (up to 30th September 2017)
Guided tour: Timed tickets every 20 mins between 9 AM and 4.15 PM
Self-guided audio tour: Timed tickets every 20 mins between 9.20 AM and 4.30 PM
Tickets & Cost:
Guided tour: Adult £25.50; Senior (over-60) £21; Child (5-15) £11; Infant (under-5) free
Self-guided audio tour: Adult £18.50; Senior (over-60) £16; Child (5-15) £7.50; Infant (under-5) free
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A guided tour of the Houses of Parliament is one of our Top 10 must-dos in London.

It's open on most Saturdays for two types of tour: a guided tour with an expert guide, or a self-guided tour with a pair of headphones (which is a bit cheaper).

The guided tour takes approximately 75 minutes and follows the processional route taken by Her Majesty the Queen when she performs the State Opening of Parliament. After meeting your guide in the 1,000-year-old Westminster Hall, you'll be taken to see the Norman Porch, the Robing Room, the Royal Gallery (one of the most spectacular rooms in Parliament -- it almost rivals the rooms at Buckingham Palace!) and Prince's Chamber, before finally entering the House of Lords. Then yo'llu head into the Central Lobby, Member's Lobby and House of Commons.

The moment you walk into the Commons for the first time will be a special thrill (especially for a British visitor, because they see this room on the news every night). You'll walk around the back of the Speaker's Chair and stand in the MPs benches, before heading out into St. Stephen's Hall. Then the tour will finish back where it began, in Westminster Hall -- the medieval room that witnessed the trials of Guy Fawkes and Charles I.

The self-guided tour is a bit different because you get to walk around at your own pace, punching the numbers into your headphones as you enter each room, to hear a bit of history. You still have to stick to the same route as the guided tour, though -- but you can take a bit longer.

Craig has tried both of these tours himself, plus the Summer Opening (which opens every day of the week), and recommends a 'Saturday Guided Tour' for first-time tourists because it's slightly less crowded than the Summer Opening, giving your guide more time to describe the rooms in detail. The self-guided audio tour is better for people who've been there before. But have a read of his reviews before you go, because he's described them all on his London blog. Here's his one for the Saturday guided tour, and here's his one for the self-guided audio tour. You might like to read through his review of the Summer Opening as well.

Feel free to ask him some questions about the Saturday tour, or post a question on the forum.

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 -- he's written reviews of the whole lot). You might even be tempted to get a ticket for Prime Minister's Questions.

If you really want to treat yourself, then how about combining this tour with an afternoon tea in Parliament?


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