Parliament & Politics: Westminster Abbey, Big Ben & Houses of Parliament

New - No reviews yet!

1 hr 30 min

Max 20

Why take this tour?

We like to think of this Westminster walking tour as a ‘crash course’ in British politics. Explore the heart of Westminster, uncover the stories behind the statues in Parliament Square, and visit the Jewel Tower for a visual history lesson. This is a great introduction to the political system in the UK regardless of whether you’re a social history buff or just someone who wants to get up-close with the city’s most impressive buildings.

Highlights

  • Created with Sketch.Explore the Houses of Parliament and Westminster Abbey
  • Created with Sketch.Discover hidden corners of Westminster not usually seen by the average visitor
  • Created with Sketch.Enjoy an insider’s guide to British politics - past and present - from your knowledgeable guide
  • Created with Sketch.Examine the statues in Parliament Square and learn about the iconic characters that shaped British society

A crash course on the history of British politics

Our Westminster walking tour begins on the South Bank at one of the most impressive viewpoints of the Palace of Westminster and Big Ben. Here, we’ll discuss the history of the Palace, Brexit and the British political system.

Crossing the river, we’ll see the London Eye before entering Parliament Square for a look at some of the famous political personalities who have been memorialized in statues there. We’ll discuss some of the most impressive people to have shaped the social political landscape of the UK, including the suffragist Millicent Fawcett and the inimitable Churchill.

Surveying the facade of Westminster Abbey, we’ll discuss ...

Read more

Our Westminster walking tour begins on the South Bank at one of the most impressive viewpoints of the Palace of Westminster and Big Ben. Here, we’ll discuss the history of the Palace, Brexit and the British political system.

Crossing the river, we’ll see the London Eye before entering Parliament Square for a look at some of the famous political personalities who have been memorialized in statues there. We’ll discuss some of the most impressive people to have shaped the social political landscape of the UK, including the suffragist Millicent Fawcett and the inimitable Churchill.

Surveying the facade of Westminster Abbey, we’ll discuss some of the important events that have taken place in the church along with the important people buried beneath it. Then, making our way to the Jewel Tower, we’ll delve into the divisive Brexit, and discuss the role the British Monarchy plays in UK politics.

With tickets already reserved for entrance to the Jewel Tower we’ll stroll right in for a tour of the fascinating site. On the first floor we’ll stop at models of the archives with ‘scrolls’ you can pull out and examine yourself. On the second floor, we’ll get a visual of Parliament, Whitehall and Westminster in the 1500s and examine it against its current iteration.

Ducking off the beaten path, we’ll walk some hidden side streets filled with architectural relics of Georgian London, passing the Churchill War Rooms and Number 10 Downing Street. Finally we’ll take a moment at Banqueting House to discuss the execution of Charles I.

  • Sites Visited
  • Westminster Bridge
  • Houses of Parliament
  • Jewel Tower (inside)
  • Westminster Abbey & School
  • Parliament Square
  • Churchill War Rooms
  • Downing Street
  • Banqueting House
  • Tour Includes
  • Guided tour of Westminster
  • Guided tour inside Jewel Tower
  • Walks guide