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  • Address: Palace of Westminster
  • Hours: Public galleries open when Parliament is in session; other admission by tour only
  • Admission: £14-£16.50 (adults)

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Houses of Parliament & Big Ben

The Palace of Westminster, more commonly known as the Houses of Parliament, is right on the River Thames. A magnificent Neo-Gothic building dating from the 1840s, it is most recognizable from the clock tower at one end known as Big Ben. (In fact, Big Ben is actually the bell inside the tower.)

Parliament is made up of two houses: the House of Commons and the House of Lords and both have their meeting chambers here. It is possible to take a tour of the building or watch a debate or question time. Once a year, usually around May, the Queen visits and from her throne in the House of Lords officially opens the new session of Parliament.

Practical Info

The building is open to visitors from the UK and overseas. When Parliament is in session, you can watch debates from the public galleries. Tours through both the Lords and the Commons run on most Saturdays year round and on weekdays during holiday periods including Easter, Whitsun, the summer and Christmas/New Year. Advanced booking is recommended.

UK residents can also apply for a tour via their MP or a member of the House of Lords.

The best view of the Houses of Parliament is from across the river and the nearest Underground station is Westminster.

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