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

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2 hrs

Max 25

Why take this tour?

This parliament tour takes you inside the Palace of Westminster (as other visitors are going home for the day), for a tranquil walk through the most famous rooms. Following the same route that Queen Elizabeth takes during the State opening of Parliament, you'll encounter striking art and architecture before stepping into the nearly empty House of Lords, where you'll stand by royal thrones as you learn about the history of this politically hallowed ground.

Highlights

  • Created with Sketch.Step into the Palace of Westminster as it closes for the day and experience the heart of British democracy without the daytime crowds
  • Created with Sketch.Walk in the footsteps of Queen Elizabeth as you trace her normal processional route at the State Opening of Parliament
  • Created with Sketch.See beautiful works of architecture and art by Augustus Pugin, Sir Charles Barry, Professor William Dyce, Daniel Maclise, and many more
  • Created with Sketch.See the Queen's Robing Room, Royal Gallery, Prince's Chamber, and House of Commons, among others, before entering the grandiose (and at this time of the day, nearly empty) House of Lords

Take a walk in the footsteps of the Queen as Parliament closes

Your After-Hours Parliament Tour begins in Westminster Hall, the oldest and one of the most impressive parts of the Palace, where you'll meet your expert guide and small group of no more than 25 people. You’ll then make your way to the Royal Staircase to follow the Queen's customary route on her annual State Opening of Parliament. What comes next is a guided Parliament tour through the building's most impressive rooms, including the Queen’s Robing Room, the Royal Gallery, and the Prince's Chamber. In each of these rooms you'll soak up incredible art and architecture and learn about the people and events behind them.

After a tour of the House of Commons, you’ll come to the pièce de résista...

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Your After-Hours Parliament Tour begins in Westminster Hall, the oldest and one of the most impressive parts of the Palace, where you'll meet your expert guide and small group of no more than 25 people. You’ll then make your way to the Royal Staircase to follow the Queen's customary route on her annual State Opening of Parliament. What comes next is a guided Parliament tour through the building's most impressive rooms, including the Queen’s Robing Room, the Royal Gallery, and the Prince's Chamber. In each of these rooms you'll soak up incredible art and architecture and learn about the people and events behind them.

After a tour of the House of Commons, you’ll come to the pièce de résistance of your Parliament tour: the splendid Chamber of the House of Lords. At this hour, the chamber is nearly empty, making your visit feel extremely special. Standing next to the throne where Queen Elizabeth sits during the State Opening, you'll learn about the history of the room as you bask in its opulence.

  • Sites Visited
  • Norman Porch
  • Queen’s Robing Room
  • Royal Gallery
  • Prince’s Chamber
  • Chamber of the House of Commons
  • Chamber of the House of Lords
  • Westminster Hall
  • St. Stephen’s Hall
  • Central Lobby
  • Peers Lobby
  • Voting Lobby
  • Tour Includes
  • Parliament guided tour
  • House of Commons tours
  • House of Lords tour
  • Local expert guide
St. Stephen's Entrance to the Houses of Parliament
Chamber of the House of Commons | Walks Houses of Parliament Tour
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Great tour, I learned a lot about Parliament procedures!

This was a fascinating tour through one of the world's greatest political and historical buildings. The tour guide was engaging and humorous. Anyone who loves British history will find this tour absolutely mesmerising.

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