Behind the Scenes Parliament Tour - Fully Guided Tour at Closing Time

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Location: London
Category: Tours & Sightseeing
Duration: 2.0 hours
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Currency: GBP
Language: English
TimeZone: Europe/London
Highlights - Step inside The Palace of Westminster with the last entry of the day and experience the heart of British democracy as the crowds begin to go home.
- Walk in the footsteps of the Queen as you trace her normal processional route at the State Opening of Parliament.
- Marvel as the architecture and art on display by Augustus Pugin, Charles Barry, William Dyce, Daniel Maclise, and more.
- Stop in the Queen's Robing Room, Royal Gallery, Prince's Chamber, House of Commons, and more!
Stand in the House of Lords with almost no other crowds.
- Learn the secrets of the building from an expert guide, like why the stairs are so shallow, and why you can’t just sit anywhere you’d like
Summary
This tour gives you a peek behind the scenes in the Palace of Westminster as the other visitors and politicians start to go home for the day. Walk the same route followed by the Queen during the State opening of Parliament and learn about the jaw-dropping architecture and art that lines the way. You’ll see all the major attractions, including the Queens Robing Room and House of Commons, but the main highlight is the House of Lords, where you’ll stand with only a handful of other people, just a few feet from the royal thrones. This is the most intimate experience you can have with one of the beating hearts of global democracy. 

Description
Your tour starts in Westminster Hall, the oldest part of the Palace and also one of the most impressive, just as the Palace of Westminster begins to close for the day. Then you’ll 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, you’ll 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. You’ll take in 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. 

Your 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. 


Commentary English: Guide
Included Expert Tour Guide
Parliament tickets
Excluded Gratuities
Hotel Pick-Up/Drop-Off
Know before you book Unfortunately we are unable to accommodate guests with mobility impairments, wheelchairs or strollers on this tour.
Know before you go 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.
Comfortable walking shoes recommended.
Please note that for security reasons, airport-style bag searches will take place at the Houses of Parliament.
Photography is not permitted inside Houses of Parliament.
Additional Information
Gratuities to guides are appreciated but never obligatory.


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Operating Info

Product Start Date 2020-09-01
Product End Date 2020-10-31
Booking Cut-off 2 hours
Minimum 1 guests per booking
Maximum 25 guests per booking
Valid Only on date on reservation

Availability Notes

From To Notes
September 01, 2020 October 31, 2021 4:00 PM Departure - Sat (except: 26 Dec 2020)

Locations

Type: Starts location
Lat & Long: 51.5008375, -0.1264587
Address: "Winston Churchill" statue, Parliament Square, Parliament Square, London, London, SW1P 3JX, GB
Directions: https://www.google.ie/maps/place/Winston+Churchill+Statue/@51.5008375,-0.1264587,15z/data=!4m5!3m4!1s0x0:0x35660b5cd12a8211!8m2!3d51.5008375!4d-0.1264587
Notes: There are 12 statues within Parliament Square. The Winston Churchill statue is the largest and is located on the north east corner of the square closest to Big Ben. The name 'CHURCHILL' is written on the stone base of the statue. The closest underground station is Westminster.
Start Location Notes "Winston Churchill" statue, Parliament Square, Parliament Square, London, London, SW1P 3JX, GB
End Location Address Houses of Parliament , Westminster, London, SW1A 0AA, GB
Type: Ends location
Lat & Long: 51.4994794, -0.1269979
Address: Houses of Parliament , Westminster, London, SW1A 0AA, GB
Notes:
Start Location Notes "Winston Churchill" statue, Parliament Square, Parliament Square, London, London, SW1P 3JX, GB
End Location Address Houses of Parliament , Westminster, London, SW1A 0AA, GB

Cancellation

Cancellation Policy: standard
Cancellation Cut-off: 72 hours
Cancellation Notes: Cancellations received greater than 72 hours prior to tour commencement are fully refundable. Cancellations received within 72 hours of tour commencement are nonrefundable. Amendment requests are subject to availability and price changes. Late arrivals and no shows are nonrefundable. This is applicable to any tour participant that fails to arrive, or arrives after tour departure.

Pricing

2020 PRICING RETAIL PRICE NET RATE
Adult 15-99 years £59.00 Available on request
Child 2-14 years £55.00 Available on request
Infant 0-1 years £0.00 Available on request

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Other Information

Terms and Conditions

Before you travel, please read our important notes about possible disruptions & site entrance requirements.

Voucher Info

Mobile tickets will be accepted

FAQ Can I take pictures inside Parliament?

We’re sorry, but, you won’t be able to take photos inside this site.

Can I take a bag into Parliament?

Yes, but only small bags are allowed. Kindly note, all bags are subject to a security check before admission and entrance.

Here is a list of some prohibited items:

- Sharp items (knives, scissors, cutlery, screwdrivers)
- Liquids that are not in a sealed container/bottle
- Items that make a noise (whistles)
- Paint spray
- Padlocks
- Chains
- Climbing gear
- Banners
- Placards
- Flags

Confirmation necessary? No
Redemption Your voucher will be collected or scanned on redemption