Take A Tour Of The Magnificent Palace Of Westminster This Autumn

This is a sponsored article on behalf of UK Parliament.

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Immerse yourself in political heritage this autumn and winter, with a tour of the Palace of Westminster, where you can learn about the history of UK Parliament.

Home to UK Parliament, the Palace consists of world-famous spaces including Westminster Hall, where the lying-in-state of Queen Elizabeth II took place last year, the House of Commons Chamber where PMQs take place, and Central Lobby — which you’ve almost certainly seen on the news.

There’s a range of tours to choose from, all of which showcase the history, art, and architecture of the world-famous building, as well as giving you the lowdown on what happens in the Houses of Commons and Lords today.

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Take a guided tour led by an expert guide, or go at your own pace with a self-guided tour. Visit the Chambers of the House of Commons and the House of Lords, and explore medieval Westminster Hall, which has links to Guy Fawkes, King Charles I and Her late Majesty Queen Elizabeth II, among others. On a self-guided tour, you can take your time to admire the impressive surroundings, which are further brought to life by video and audio stories on a multimedia device.

All eyes will be on the Palace of Westminster in the next couple of months, as history is made when King Charles III visits Parliament for his first State Opening as monarch on 7 November. As part of the tours, you can see the throne in the House of Lords’ Chamber from where he’ll make his speech, and follow in his footsteps through the ornate Royal Gallery.

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Looking for something truly special to do one Saturday this autumn, or during the Christmas holidays? Children’s audio tours are available, suitable for all ages with special content for younger visitors, so the whole family can experience the Palace of Westminster together — and it’ll give them something seriously unique to talk about in show-and-tell when they go back to school.

For an even deeper delve into the Palace of Westminster, book a tour of Speaker’s House before or after your visit to the Palace of Westminster. Led by a knowledgeable guide, the tours visit the rooms where the current Speaker, Sir Lindsay Hoyle, conducts official business. Want to learn more about the Speaker’s role? The history and the role of Speaker are covered on the tour, so you’ll be an expert by the time you emerge.

Oh, and don’t forget to glance up at Big Ben while you’re there — it’s looking particularly shiny and spectacular after the recent six-year renovation project.

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Though it’s a working building first and foremost, the Palace of Westminster is fully kitted out for day visitors. Finish off your trip browsing gifts and souvenirs at the Jubilee Shop, and with refreshments from the Jubilee Café.

All tours of the Palace of Westminster must be booked in advance as places are limited — you can book online. Guided tours are currently sold out until November 2023, but there’s still availability for self-guided tours.

Speaker’s House tours are available until 14 October 2023.

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