Houses of Parliament Tour

  • September 6, 2014 · 1:15 PM
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Come along on Saturday 6th September for a tour of the Houses of Parliament!

The Houses of Parliament and the tour
During August and September, members of Parliament have a summer recess, but this means the public can have a look around Parliament.  We are going on an audio tour of Parliament, London's landmark building which will give the opportunity to discover the fascinating blend of history and politics that lie within one of the most instantly recognisable buildings in the world.

It is an audio guided tour which follows the processional route taken by Her Majesty the Queen when she performs the State Opening of Parliament.  Beginning in the Robing Room the tour proceeds past the red benches of the vast Royal Gallery to the tiny Princes Chamber, this is richly decorated on Prince Albert's orders with engravings of the Tudor dynasty.

The breathtakingly ornate Chamber of the House of Lords is next and it is dominated by the wonderful throne designed by Augustus Welby Pugin.  Next is Central Lobby which marks the transition from the ornate Lords into the austere Commons. 

The Chamber of the House of Commons is entered via a voting lobby.  This is undoubtedly one of the most iconic political arenas in the world and visitors talk of physically feeling the history within the room.  It's much smaller and more personal than it looks on television, and standing among the benches gives a new take on the confrontational layout of the space.

The Tour continues through St Stephen's Hall, the original site of the Commons and, the Tour ends at the fabulous Westminster Hall, which at 900 years old is one of the most atmospheric spaces in London.  Although it has been altered and restored over the years, the walls of this huge arched room are still those built by William Rufus in 1097 while the ingenious hammerbeam roof from was added during the reign of Richard II.
The great trials of state were held here - Thomas More, William Wallace, Charles I and the Gunpowder Plotters - and this is where the public have queued in thousands to pay their respects to monarchs lying in state.

We are entering as a group to get the group discount and group tickets
are £17 each.


If you wish to attend, I've already purchased the tickets as a group, so you will need to pay me in advance online when you RSVP or at an event in the next few weeks.

Unlike in previous years, the tour is now done with audio guides, so that means you can take your time looking around.

Due to security at Parliament, you won't be able to purchase a ticket on the day. 

Map below with a red arrow of where we are meeting along with photo, its in front of the statue of George V on Abingdon Street (it's just before Jewel Tower):

Look out for the group flag, if you can't see us please call (but please check the map above first on where we are meeting).

 













Afterwards, we will be heading to the 'Tattershall Castle', which is a boat bar & restaurant on the Thames for a chat over a drink.

Look forward to seeing you there!

Robert
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  • Karol

    Please take me off your list. I am no longer interested. Thanks

    October 14

  • Sophie

    Superb!!

    September 9

  • Sophie

    Superb!!

    September 9

  • Robert

    Parliament truly is a palace! so much history.

    1 · September 8

  • Lennards

    Sorry I missed this one, hope that another trip to the house of parliament is organised soon.

    September 7

  • Janet M.

    I heard one of the guides say it was ok to take photos in certain area s I did take a few low key ones

    September 7

  • A former member
    A former member

    Thanks for organizing this, Robert! The Parliament is just as impressive in the inside as it is on the outside... I was completely amazed by all the detail in every single area of every single room, corridor and lobby... from the flashy golden seals and highlights on walls, ceilings and furniture to every bit of carving done on the panels and railings and doors... I find it so inspiring that human beings are able to create such utter beauty... Shame we were not allowed to take pictures, but it could be a good idea for an image book... though maybe the market for that might not be worth what the licences to do it would cost... I wonder if I could pitch it somewhere? Cheers to all!!

    1 · September 7

  • Judith S.

    Very good, loved the informative audio tour, much better than live tour guide. I did notice that ticket price was £14, but we paid £17. Where does the other 3 quid per person go?

    September 6

    • Robert

      The Parliament tours use Ticketmaster to sell their group tickets, who added on a booking fee, plus with the Parliament tours, depending on the quantity you are purchasing for your group at once, the rate per ticket differs. There is also the Paypal cost, as Paypal takes a percentage of any money you send. I took all these into consideration and worked out the cost of an average of £17 per person.

      4 · September 7

    • Judith S.

      Ok, thanks for the explanation Robert

      September 7

  • Charles

    Thanks so much Robert. It was very much appreciated. C

    September 7

  • mary

    An interesting and informative audio guide. And it's nice to finally see the interior of a building I've passed countless times. Thanks, Robert

    1 · September 7

  • Eric

    17 quid ! It should be free for UK nationals. If I think of all the taxes I've paid while these MP's indulge their extravagantly pampered lifestyles @ the tax payers expense, their ludicously long hoidays ... It's an out- rage.

    2 · September 3

    • Robert

      The cost of the live guided tour of Parliament (1h 20mins tour) was £25 per person.

      September 7

    • Alan H.

      Excellent informative tour ... the place oozed history. Well organised ... and great value. Thanks Robert

      September 7

  • Juan

    Amazing experience, Thanks Robert !!!

    September 6

  • Juan

    Very good experience !!

    September 6

  • Juan

    Very good experience !!

    September 6

  • javinder

    Amazing event-thanks Robert!

    September 6

  • Aminda B.

    Thanks for organising today it was great to get to see such a beautiful building I really enjoyed it :)

    September 6

  • Olga P

    Great event. I was told general public can attend parliament discussions, which happens every 2/3 weeks, and if you come in evening and it's raining -likely to be not busy and can just enter. Discussions are run till 10pm

    1 · September 6

  • Tony H.

    Great tour, thoroughly enjoyed it

    September 6

  • Vicky

    Guys, I'm here. I've been waiting outside the jewel house and I can't see anybody.. Robert your phone is just ringing. What should I do?

    September 6

    • Juan

      Robert is not picking up is phone and replying to text.

      September 6

  • Juan

    Hi Robert, I am in Westminster. Where do you want me to meet you?. Please get back to me ASAP

    September 6

  • valerie

    I have done a guided tour in the past (including the 2 houses ) and I look forward to the audio tour as I am sure it will complementary.

    September 6

  • Sharon p.

    Hi Robert/all, I'm planning to join Saturday but have no idea how to pay ... Help ;)

    September 3

    • Monica

      Same here

      September 4

    • Sharon p.

      I wasn't able to make my payments despite trying and trying ... Will have to let my place go to somebody else for today, probably already the case! Enjoy!

      September 6

  • Vincent

    Hi, my registration has been cancelled today. I did not find the link to pay. If you still have some tickets could be nice. Thanks.

    September 5

  • Robert

    There are only 4 tickets left for the Parliament tour.

    September 3

    • Nancy

      any left?

      September 5

    • Robert

      No, all have been sold.

      September 5

  • Marcos G.

    Hi Robert!!... I have paid you though paypal two tickets as it was my RSVP... What happen with that money?

    September 5

  • Robert

    No more tickets left for the Parliament Tour.

    September 5

  • Akifa Q.

    Not coming, if people are saying it could be arranged for free then I would rather not go.

    September 5

    • Jessie H.

      I have done the visit with and without a guide.An introduction in a group like this adds so much more to the knowledge one acquires about The Houses of Parliament.

      1 · September 5

    • Robert

      The tour tomorrow is with audio guides, so you can take your time and wander around at your own speed.

      September 5

  • Rachael S.

    Hi unfortunately I can't make this and I am a but gutted as I have ways wanted to do this. Will you be having any another trip your here anytime soon? R

    September 4

  • vivienne

    District line
    There is no service between South Kensington and Aldgate East as well as between Earl's Court and Kensington (Olympia). This is to carry out station improvement work at Victoria and replace track at Westminster.

    1 · September 4

    • Robert

      The Jubilee Line is still working, so the station is still open.

      1 · September 4

    • vivienne

      fortunately :) xxx

      September 4

  • Nancy B.

    Hi Eric,

    It doesn't take a second to find out online that UK residents can request a tour, free of charge, via your MP or a representative of the House of Lords. Here is the link: http://www.parliament.uk/visiting/visiting-and-tours/ukvisitors/tours/. Thank you to Robert for fixing up tours at times that suit those of us who work full time.

    1 · September 3

    • Robert

      The tours that you can book through your MP don't include entry into the Commons of the Lords. They will also be during the weekday.

      September 4

    • vivienne

      that's interesting, didn't know that---looking forward Saturday xx

      1 · September 4

  • Laura

    Hi Robert I've RSVPd but can't see a link to pay

    September 4

  • Tracey

    Hi Robert, I have just paid. Hope I'm not too late!

    September 4

  • Scott F.

    Hmm, the confirmation email contained no payment link; I only just noticed the tiny payment link above, next to the price, just now.

    September 4

  • vivienne

    can we take photos?? xxx

    September 3

    • Robert

      Only inside Westminster Hall.

      1 · September 3

  • Juan

    Hi Robert, my friend want to join Us. How do I book is ticket?.

    September 2

    • Robert

      Link in the confirmation email when you RSVP'd.

      September 3

  • Lizzie

    Hi Robert, How long is the tour? (approximately-as we will be going at individual speeds) Lizzie

    September 2

    • Robert

      Unlike in previous years, its using audio guides, so take as long as you want.

      September 3

  • Lennards

    Hello Robert, I would also like to know how to book and the length of the tour

    September 2

  • Janet M.

    Is it to late for me to attend

    September 2

  • Louise

    Hi Robert so sorry it looks like I won't make it after all. Have a great time

    September 2

  • Kim W.

    Hi Robert. I have paid through PayPal but I have just received an email saying it may take a few days as it has gone by e-cheque. Please let me know if you don't receive it.

    September 2

  • Juan

    Hi Robert, I just booked my ticket !!!

    September 1

  • Akifa Q.

    Robert, can I pay on the day?

    September 1

    • Robert

      As per the description above, you won't be able to purchase a ticket on the day.

      September 1

  • Maura W.

    Hi Robert unfortunately I just found out today that I will have to work on Saturday so I will not be able to make it

    September 1

  • vivienne

    can we take photos?? xx

    August 31

  • Juan

    Hi Robert, can I pay you the £17 on the day?

    August 30

  • Juan

    Can I pay on the day?

    1 · August 30

  • Nicole

    Sorry if this has been answered already but my brother is coming in town and I would like to take him but he's American. Will that still be ok?

    August 16

    • Robert

      Yes, completely fine.

      August 16

  • Aminda B.

    I'm really looking forward to this, thank you for organising :)

    1 · August 14

    • Aminda B.

      its such a beautiful building, :)

      August 14

    • Robert

      It's more beautiful inside!

      1 · August 14

  • Antonella

    can we take pictures inside the Parliament?

    August 14

    • Robert

      You can only take photos in Westminster Hall when you first go in.

      1 · August 14

  • Diz

    Sorry I won't attend. Went last year. Fantastic experience

    August 14

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