Exclusive Houses of Parliament Tour with Guided Visit & Skip the Line Westminster Abbey Tour

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Location: London
Category: Tours & Sightseeing
Duration: 225.0 minutes
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Currency: GBP
Language: English
TimeZone: Europe/London
Highlights - The only fully-guided tour of the Houses of Parliament.
- Explore Westminster Abbey and the history of this incredibly iconic church.
- See the most important rooms in the Palace of Westminster, including Westminster Hall, the House of Commons, the House of Lords, the Division Lobbies, and more.
- Immerse yourself in the living history of British democracy with stories, facts, and anecdotes from your expert guide.
Summary
Step into the heart of the British democracy with the only fully-guided visit through Westminster Abbey and the Houses of Parliament. You'll hear the Parliament's epic story as you see the rooms and antechambers that forged the British empire and continue to set its course in the 21st century.

Description
Visiting only on Saturdays, you’ll be able to visit the House of Commons and House of Lords, as well as many of the other beautiful halls and chambers in which the laws of Great Britain are decided. Along the way, you’ll learn the unique stories, traditions and lore of one of Europe’s oldest constitutional monarchies and see how the past and present combine to create a society that is both fiercely modern and deeply steeped in history.  

Your day begins with skip the line entry into Westminster Abbey, the most serene time to see Britain’s most cherished church. With roots dating back over 1,000 years, this Gothic masterpiece is the traditional coronation site and burial ground of kings and queens, along with national heroes like Isaac Newton, Charles Darwin, and William Wilberforce. On your visit, you’ll learn from a local expert guide how the British monarchy helped shape the country’s conversion to democracy, as well as a few interesting tidbits about Winston Churchill, one of the only non-royals to ever lay in state in the Abbey after his death. 

Then it’s on to Parliament. While most people see it with an audio guide, you’ll be shown around by a tour guide who has spent years studying the facts and events that really immerse you in the story of this amazing building. The tour begins in the oldest part, Westminster Hall, which has been hosting state functions for nearly 1,000 years and is one of the finest surviving examples of medieval timber architecture in the world. 

Beneath the titanic timbers of 600 ancient oak trees, you’ll learn about the history of the building, how it was almost lost to fire numerous times, and how it keeps reinventing itself to accommodate new generations of royals and politicians. You’ll also peek into the room where the Queen dons her crown and ermine-trimmed cape before she officially opens the sessions of each new parliament before heading inside the Chamber of the House of Lords, one of the most impressive rooms in the Palace. Inside, you’ll learn how people become peers based on their expertise in fields like sports, medicine, and technology. 

Next, you’ll head into the engine room of British democracy; the Chamber of the House of Commons, where Britain’s elected Members of Parliament come to face off (literally) over how to run the country. Here you’ll see the lines that may or may not have spawned the phrase ‘toe the line’, and learn about the centuries-old ceremonies that keep this modern legislative body firmly connected to its ancient past - including why this is the only room in England that the Queen is not allowed to enter. 

After learning some of the highlights of the building’s history, including a failed terrorist attack in 1605 that the British still celebrate today (ever hear of Guy Fawkes Night?), you’ll head into two of the most unique rooms in the building: the Division Lobbies. It’s in these rooms that, according to a tradition that dates back to Ancient Rome, opposing sides gather before a parliamentary vote, the ‘Ayes’ in one room, the ‘Noes’ in another, and are then counted as they leave. 

As you stroll these halls, you are literally walking in the footsteps of men like Henry VIII and Winston Churchill. History, legend, lore, and a lot of pomp and circumstance mix and mingle as you take in nearly one thousand years of history from one of the best guides in London. 
Commentary English: Guide
Included Entrance to Westminster Abbey
Entrance to Houses of Parliament
Fully guided tour inside Houses of Parliament & Westminster Abbey
Headsets
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.
Note: We advise our clients that the Westminster Abbey is subject to closure during special celebrations/festivities, including the Easter ceremonies. If this occurs during your visit, we will run an alternative itinerary that includes and explanation of the Abbey from the outside.
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.
Photographs not permitted inside Westminster Abbey and Houses of Parliament.
Please note that for security reasons bag searches will take place at Westminster Abbey and Houses of Parliament.
Note: We advise our clients that the Westminster Abbey is subject to closure during special celebrations/festivities, including the Easter ceremonies. If this occurs during your visit, we will run an alternative itinerary that includes and explanation of the Abbey from the outside.
Additional Information
Gratuities to guides are appreciated but never obligatory.
Health Items

Operating Info

Product Start Date 2020-07-01
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
January 01, 2021 October 31, 2021 9:00 AM Departure - Sat
September 01, 2020 September 30, 2020 1:30 PM Departure - Sat
October 01, 2020 October 31, 2020 1:30 PM Departure - Not running
July 01, 2020 December 31, 2020 9:00 AM Departure - Not Running
July 01, 2020 August 31, 2020 1:30 PM Departure - Not running

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 £89.00 Available on request
Child 2-14 years £84.00 Available on request
Infant 0-1 years £0.00 Available on request

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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 or Westminster Abbey?

We’re sorry, but, you won’t be able to take photos inside either of these sites.

Can I take a bag into Parliament or Westminster Abbey?

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