Are you looking to see some of London’s most famous and historical landmarks? The Palace of Westminster is definitely a sight to see as it serves as the meeting place for both the House of Commons and the House of Lords, the two houses of the Parliament of the United Kingdom. This historical landmark covers around eight acres and is a sight to behold indeed.
The history of the Houses of Parliament spans over 900 years from the Anglo-Saxons to the present and the palace was built in 1016, a whopping
The Palace of Westminster contains an estimate of 1,100 rooms, 100 staircases and 4.8 km of passageways. From the Victoria Tower at the south end to the Clock Tower at the north, the building is nearly 300 metres long. The Palace also contains state apartments for the presiding officers of the two houses. There are also four acres of stunning gardens and green lawns surrounding the outside of the Palace.
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If you are looking to get a look inside there are some tour options available. There are often free guided tours of the Palace are held throughout the parliamentary session for UK residents, who can apply through their MP or a member of the House of Lords. The tours last about 75 minutes and include the state rooms, the chambers of the two Houses and Westminster Hall. There is also paid-for tours available to both UK and overseas visitors throughout the summer recess as well as Saturdays during the year.
- Opening hours vary
- Tours take organising by the visiting party
- Visiting the outside of The Palace of Westminster is encouraged