1. United Kingdom
  2. South East England
  3. London
  4. Houses of Parliament

London: Parliament Behind-the-Scenes Exclusive Guided Tour

Product ID: 200455
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Take a peek behind-the-scenes in the Palace of Westminster. See all the major attractions, including the Queens Robing Room, the House of Commons, and the opulent House of Lords.
About this activity
Duration 2 hours
Printed or mobile voucher accepted
Instant confirmation
Live tour guide
English
Easy cancellation
Cancel up to 24 hours in advance for a full refund

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Experience

Highlights
  • Explore the Palace of Westminster
  • Walk in the footsteps of the Queen as you trace her processional route
  • Marvel at the architecture and art on display
  • Stop in the Royal Gallery, Prince's Chamber, and House of Commons
  • Stand in the House of Lords with almost no other crowds
Full description
Start the tour in Westminster Hall, the oldest part of the Palace and also one of the most impressive rooms, just as the Palace of Westminster begins to close for the day. Head straight to the Royal Staircase where your guide will give you a brief history of the building, including how and why it was constructed over hundreds of years, and how it remains intimately connected with Queen Victoria.

Next, head into the Queen’s Robing Room to see frescoes by William Dyce, gorgeous bas-reliefs, and the Chair of State where the Queen sits while donning her robes and the Imperial State Crown. Every inch of this room is packed with mythic symbolism and heraldic images. Your guide will help you decipher it all while telling you about Augustus Pugin, the Victorian genius who willed the structure into existence. Your next stop is the Royal Gallery to see where the members of the House of Lords meet and politic informally when Parliament is in session. Take in the immense paintings by Daniel Maclise and learn why they were so difficult to create and maintain before passing into the Prince’s Chamber to see portraits of the Tudor Dynasty and learn about their fascinating history.

The tour includes an assortment of other rooms and lobbies, including the House of Commons, but the highlight is one of the grandest rooms ever designed for politics: The Chamber of the House of Lords. This is where the appointed members of Parliament meet to debate, and where the Queen comes to sit on her throne during the State Opening. As you stand in it with only a handful of other visitors, your guide will tell you about the history of the room and some of the interesting things that have taken place inside. This is the ultimate experience for lovers of architecture and royal history. There is simply no feeling quite like exploring the United Kingdom’s premier palace without the normal daytime crowds.
Includes
  • Expert tour guide
  • Parliament tickets
What’s Not Included
  • Hotel pick-up and drop-off
  • Gratuities

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Meeting point

The Winston Churchill statue, Parliament Square, Westminster, London, SW1P 3JX.

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Important information
Please bring
  • Comfortable shoes
Know before you go
• Please note that for security reasons, airport-style bag searches will take place at the Houses of Parliament
• Please note that the tour meeting time is 15 minutes prior to the start time
• No refunds or re-bookings can be provided for late arrivals or no-shows after tour commencement or departure
• Photography is not permitted inside the Houses of Parliament
• Comfortable walking shoes are recommended