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Houses of Parliament
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Ranked #6 of 1,815 things to do in London
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Owner description: Most of this iconic building was built in the mid-19th century following a devastating fire in 1834. Westminster Hall survived the fire and dates from 1097. Visitors can book tours through the House of Commons and the House of Lords, and are welcome to watch debates and committees when the Houses are sitting..
Reviewed 30 August 2014

Enjoyed the audio tour which is well thought out and informative.Surprised in many ways that one can wander around the Houses as freely as one wishes.Would appeal to those of a political/historical bent.Very reasonably priced

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Reviewed 30 August 2014 via mobile

If you go to the ticket booth now in portcullis house opposite Big Ben you can't book afternoon tea

To do both tour and afternoon tea you have to use ticket master

I couldn't get it to do both do had to ring and comain and ticket master customer service sorted it out. I probably would have given up if it wasn't for a special occasion

Security us tight as you would expect and us airport style so leave time

Two types of tours audio do it yourself or guided The extra for the guide is well worth it

Almost two hours of wonderful history and in one if the most over the top buildings ever

You see both the Lords and the commons debating chambers.

Sadly you can't take photos except in a couple of places and they aren't the debating chambers. Given it's on TV and photographed by the press I'm not sure why you can't take photos whilst it's not in session

Good gift shop and cafe but we went for Afternoon Tea which was lovely and us in a Marque on the Terrace beside the Thames

Nice sandwiches scones and clotted cream and cakes with good service and it really made for a memorable visit

Desire living in London for years I had never been and it will certainly be a memory for the rest of my life and I can't recommend it enough

Thank edwmagee
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Reviewed 29 August 2014

Good place to visit. We liked the music and culture section which might not be real museum stuff but the posters and costumes can bring a lot of memories back - well worth an hour or so of wandering round. By the way we thought the food in restaurant was pretty good too.

Thank TDRicochet
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Reviewed 29 August 2014

This actual tour is deserving of a 5-Star rating without doubt. Such history stretching back far beyond the 19th Century period of the current Palace of Westminster.

The building is a quite magnificent defiance made even more appealing by the fact that it is a true working environment and not just show.

The Guide we had was of quite outstanding quality - deeply knowledgeable, irreverent and philosophical in respect of the political systems past and present!

Now for the advance ticketing system. We booked our guided tour well in advance with no problems other than the total lack of instruction or direction about where to collect the tickets from or how to enter the Palace. I researched via the internet a found a few pointers from other disgruntled advance bookers. This didn't help and it was only helpful policemen who put us right!

Even when we joined the entrance queue, having finally picked up the tickets,m&e almost missed our allotted tour time as there was no pointer to the fact that the queue contained many who had later tours. We barged to the front and were promptly told that we were late! Hopeless - the staff seeing us in agreed.

Fantastic place to visit but the advance ticketing is unbelievably badly organised!

Thank GarryBoote
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Reviewed 29 August 2014

First of all, our guide Fernando was great. Our family of four, including two teens, felt it was the most interesting site and tour guide in London. It's just really interesting to see and learn about the place where politics happens - even if it's not your own country.

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