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Houses of Parliament, London

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Government Building · Architectural Building
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See British democracy in action at Houses of Parliament. During the week, all British residents and overseas visitors can watch legislators debating for free. If your visit falls on a Saturday, or during the summer recess, you'll be able to take a guided tour of the building. The tours are comprehensive, starting in the Queen’s Robing Room, moving through chambers for debating and voting, and finishing in medieval Westminster Hall. Along the way, you'll encounter grandly appointed spaces and collect knowledge about British parliamentary procedure. UK residents can also tour Elizabeth Tower, but foreign visitors cannot. A visit to Houses of Parliament represents just the start of the adventure when you use our London trip planner to plot your vacation.
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  • What else is there to say, Its a building filled with sycophants eager to advance there own interests at the expense of everybody else, Building itself is pretty fancy and historically great to... 
    What else is there to say, Its a building filled with sycophants eager to advance there own interests at the expense of everybody else, Building itself is pretty fancy and historically great to...  more »
  • Go early, get your tickets in advance, and use the headset they offer. It is an excellent tour! Unfortunately you can't take photos in many places, but you learn an enormous amount! 
    Go early, get your tickets in advance, and use the headset they offer. It is an excellent tour! Unfortunately you can't take photos in many places, but you learn an enormous amount!  more »
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  • Amazing history and tour guide ‘Phil’ was extremely knowledgeable and funny. Required disable access for one of my party and that was very well accommodated. What an incredible place, oozing with history, tradition and quirkiness. Great throughout. Arrive a good 10 minutes early to clear airport style security and walk through to the starting point. No photos except in Westminster Hall.
  • Loved this. Most tourist sites were packed last week but this was much quieter. No queues. Absolutely fascinating and amazing how much you get to see. The House of Commons is tiny! We opted for the audio tour which is great.

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