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Houses of Parliament Tour

  • Aug 24, 2013 · 1:30 PM
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Come along on Saturday 24th August for a guided tour of the Houses of Parliament!


About 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 a 75 minute guided 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.

The tour 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 £14 each.  It takes a while to get through security, so we will be going in
at 2pm for
the 2:15pm tour.

If you wish to attend, you will need to pay in advance online when you RSVP (tickets are only available to be purchased up to Sunday 18th August).

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:





 

 

 

 



Look out for the group flag, if you can't see us please call.

 














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!

Regards

Robert
[masked]


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  • Lyn

    Enjoyed this, thanks for organising Robert.

    August 27, 2013

  • Bronwen H.

    Thanks Heidi it looks fab, just need to get a group together to do it with. :)

    August 26, 2013

    • A former member
      A former member

      Count me in Bronwen

      1 · August 26, 2013

    • Bronwen H.

      Two down 4 to go. :)

      August 26, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    For those of you sitting near me at the Tattershall Castle who were interested in the floating hot tub I talked about, here is the information:

    It is operated by the Runnymede-on-Thames Hotel in Egham. They call it the "Hot Tug," and a photo can be seen here http://www.runnymedehotel.com/hottug/.

    Looks fun--or at least novel and a little silly!

    Heidi

    August 26, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Excellent outing!

    August 25, 2013

  • Bernice

    Excellent Tour. Thanks for arranging it Robert

    August 25, 2013

  • Robert

    An umbrella was left in the boat from someone in the group, if it's yours, let me know. Photo of it here: http://www.meetup.com/museum-58/photos/16898522/

    August 25, 2013

  • Robert

    Done the tour a few times in recent years and really enjoyed it, also good chat in the boat bar afterwards. Thanks to Gafung for umbrella help.

    August 25, 2013

  • liri

    Excellent visit. Thanks for organizing it Robert!

    August 25, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Excellent

    August 25, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Great tour and a fun time meeting everyone afterwards, though the boat was surely rocking. Thank you for organizing Robert.

    August 25, 2013

  • kehkashan

    The tour was very informative giving a clear picture of the Chambers; House of Lord and Commons work

    August 25, 2013

  • Mike H.

    Over the top...loved it!

    August 25, 2013

  • Piera

    I truly enjoyed the visit thanks to a knowledgeable and very attentive tour guide. The day was also topped up by lovely company and further later chats.

    1 · August 25, 2013

  • Gil

    A very interesting tour steeped in tradition and art. Afterwards, tea and great company as the rain provided a further taste of tradition...

    1 · August 24, 2013

    • daniela

      Hi Gil, it was fun yesterday, despite the weather. Enjoyed our chat over coffee

      1 · August 25, 2013

    • Gil

      Hi Daniela, likewise!

      August 25, 2013

  • Olga

    Enjoyed the tour and the evening very much! it made me understand the way things work in the Parliament much better. And the boat with its gentle sway and good company was great too. Thank you Robert for organizing the event!

    August 25, 2013

  • Christine

    Excellent - fascinating history. Lots of interesting information though very little about the paintings which I would have liked to know more about. Nice company as usual but I ducked out of the Tattersall Castle as I just wanted to get home out of the rain rather than bobbing about on a boat on th very choppy Thames!

    August 24, 2013

    • Bronwen H.

      Sorry to hear, hope all is well with you. Also hope your son had a good holiday and back safe. :)

      August 25, 2013

    • Christine

      Thanks Bronwyn and Russell. Didn't see you Russell in the lobby - probably was in total awe of my surroundings trying to take it all in. Glad you're arm is getting better and you're out and about. All is well with me Bronwyn just had a busy week and too many late nights' so self-inflicted!

      August 25, 2013

  • daniela

    very good tour, recommeded

    August 25, 2013

  • David B.

    It was a great tour and learn so much from it. I met and talk with some lovely people as well. Thanks Robert for organising it.

    August 25, 2013

  • Lynne

    The tour was very enjoyable, I'd recommend it to anyone

    August 25, 2013

  • GARETH

    Excellent tour and guide. Rain tried vainly to dampen spirits. Great friendly company.

    August 25, 2013

  • anne m.

    Really wonderful

    August 25, 2013

  • anne m.

    Thanks very much Robert. It was wonderful and I learned alot. Enjoyed the pub afterwards - great choice!

    2 · August 25, 2013

  • Agnes

    Great event! Many thanks Robert :-))

    August 25, 2013

  • Lindsay R

    Wonderful experience. The robing room was stunning and so interesting to walk through the division lobby. Also loved their little post office. Thank you, Robert

    August 25, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Always wanted to see the House of Commons since I was a kid. The whole Palace of Westminster was overwhelming steeped in history and you can sense the power that has been exercised in that place through the decades

    August 24, 2013

  • helga c.

    First event not the last. Amazing place with amazing people. Well done Robert!

    1 · August 24, 2013

  • Jules

    Thanks so much for organising. It was my first event with the group and I thoroughly it!

    August 24, 2013

  • Diz

    Really interesting to learn so much about our heritage with such a knowledgeable guide. Can't wait book up for Prime Minister's question time.

    August 24, 2013

  • Bronwen H.

    Fantastic. :)

    1 · August 24, 2013

  • Hildegard S.

    Many thanks Robert, for organising another excellent tour.

    1 · August 24, 2013

  • Bronwen H.

    Hi I am here already in saint stephains arms just by the lights. Do join me if you are early too. :)

    August 24, 2013

    • Russell

      I'm on my way down Whitehall will be there soon

      August 24, 2013

  • Joanne

    It looks like I can't make it unfortunately. My ticket is already paid for so someone else is welcome to use it. Please discuss with Robert. Have fun!

    August 24, 2013

  • Bronwen H.

    Sorry tavern.

    August 24, 2013

  • Olga

    Hi Robert, I have a friend who would like to join us at the Tattershall Castle afterwards. Do you know what time approximately we will be there after the tour?

    August 23, 2013

  • Lynne

    Yes I'm interested in your ticket, do you still have?

    August 23, 2013

  • sheela

    I also have a ticket if someone is interested in buying at a duded price.

    August 21, 2013

  • Bernice

    Hi Robert
    Do I need my confirmation slip as having trouble with my printer.
    Regards Bernice

    August 22, 2013

    • Robert

      No, no need to bring anything.

      August 22, 2013

  • Dan

    I have paid but can't come now. Would anyone like my place? Call me on[masked]

    August 21, 2013

    • anita

      HI Dan - is the ticket still available?

      August 22, 2013

  • Milada S.

    hi Maria, come 1.30 to meeting place and you will find a ticket I,m sure. I replied to Lynne, but she didn't answered yet. I will absolute sell it there. Milada

    1 · August 21, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Hi All - if anyone has a ticket to sell for Saturday, please email me.

    August 21, 2013

    • Milada S.

      Hi Lynne I gave the ticket to Robert on the meetings place because I don.t know how y look it is OK? Milada

      August 21, 2013

    • A former member
      A former member

      thanks all - i have a ticket now. I apprecaite it. Really looking forward to it.

      August 21, 2013

  • Chris B.

    Hi I have a ticket which I need to offload. Did anyone fancy taking my place on Saturday? Please PM me - thanks!

    Chris

    August 19, 2013

    • Maria

      Hi, Milada. Would love to buy your ticket. What do I need to do. Please let me know soonest. Thanks Maria.

      August 21, 2013

    • Maria

      Hi Chris, Do you still have your ticket you want to offload? Please let me know. Thanks Maria

      August 21, 2013

  • Sarah N.

    Is it really all 200 of us going on the tour at 1415, or are there going to be staggered timed?

    August 19, 2013

    • Robert

      You can, if you have bought a ticket off someone, can you let me know who.

      August 20, 2013

    • Milada S.

      Robert I have one ticket, my daughter can make it in time. so if you have someone who need it Milada

      August 21, 2013

  • Maria

    Would love to go on Saturday to the Houses of Parliament. Any spare tickets PLEASE? Let me know my E-mail.
    Thanks

    August 21, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Hi Robert, thanks for organising - this will be good fun! How do we get our tickets on Saturday? All I have is a payment confirmation from PayPal - will this be enough for you?

    August 20, 2013

    • Robert

      Everyone now on the list for the event is confirmed as paid and attending, so you just pick up your tickets when you turn up on Saturday.

      August 20, 2013

    • A former member
      A former member

      Thanks!

      August 20, 2013

  • Smriti

    Hi, sorry I missed the info on paying before 18th Aug, Can I still pay now?

    August 20, 2013

    • Robert

      All tickets are now sold, although towards the end of the week there might be a few cancellations and so people might try and sell their ticket on the site.

      August 20, 2013

  • Sarah

    I would really like to do this but will be abroad at the weekend. I too hope that you will run this one again.

    August 19, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    I missed the payment deadline so I won't be attending, but I hope that you do this one again! It looks like so much fun.

    August 19, 2013

  • yvonne w.

    Don't have ticket Don't know how to Pay online Sorry can't come Maybe next time

    August 19, 2013

  • Pamela M.

    I'm another who hoped to go, but missed the payment deadline. Hope there will be another chance.

    August 13, 2013

    • Robert

      payment deadline is the end of this Sunday.

      August 13, 2013

    • sheela

      Hi Pamela, let me know if you still need a ticket.

      August 18, 2013

  • Russell

    Nick, the reason he's an ex-member is probably due to the fully justified telling off you and Diz gave him. The only way he could post his message was to first become a member, hopefully thanks to the 'warm' reception he got we've heard the last of him. There appears to have been two or three of these in recent times.

    August 18, 2013

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