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Behind-the-Scenes Houses of Parliament Guided Tour

Walks - UK

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As the visitors, politicians and staff head home for the day, you and no more than 25 people will enjoy a guided tour inside the Palace of Westminster. You’ll follow the same route Queen Elizabeth takes during the State opening of Parliament and discover all about the iconic art and architecture. As a highlight, you’ll step into the House of Lords with almost no other crowds for a uniquely intimate experience with this legendary room.

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Pass By: Parliament Square, Westminster, London SW1P 3BD England

Parliament Square

Stop At: Houses of Parliament, Parliament Square, London SW1A 0AA England

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.

Duration: 2 hours

Pass By: Central Hall Westminster, Central Hall, Westminster, Storeys Gate Westminster, London SW1H 9NH England

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.

Pass By: Walks, London England

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Additional Information

  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
  • Wheelchair accessible
  • Tour in English
  • 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.
  • Stroller accessible
  • Near public transportation
  • Transportation is wheelchair accessible
  • Most travelers can participate
  • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 25 travelers
  • Expert Tour Guide
  • Parliament tickets
  • Entry/Admission - Houses of Parliament

  • Hotel Pick-Up / Drop-Off
  • Gratuities

Departure Point
Parliament Square, Westminster, London SW1P, UK

Departure Time
4:00 PM

2 hours

Return Details
Houses of Parliament, Bridge St, Westminster, London SW1A 2PW, UK

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14-day cancellation rights do not apply; no refunds or exchanges permitted. Voucher valid only for date and time listed; may not be exchanged or redeemed for other dates. Purchaser name and phone number must be provided at checkout; this information will be shared with Viator and the tour operator for purposes of order fulfillment. Groupon promo codes may not be used for this offer. Groupon voucher Terms of Sale do not apply. See the tour operator's terms and conditions for this offer here.