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!
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