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Houses of Parliament

On this page you find practical information, photos and videos about Houses of Parliament.

Houses of Parliament features in these preplanned City Guides:

1-day London City Guide3-day London City Guide5-day London City Guide

Why visit / Interesting facts:

  • One of London's most impressive building
  • Part of a UNESCO World Heritage Site

Time required: 10 minutes

Phone: +44 844 847 1672

Web site:

Public transport:

  • Circle Line: Westminster station
  • District Line: Westminster station
  • Jubilee Line: Westminster station

Address: Palace of Westminister House of Commons, London SW1A OAA

Photos: (see more photos)

Photo: Du Tran

Things you need to know:

  • Houses of Parliament (also known as Palace of Westminster) are the policical heart of the city and the UK
  • The original palace, built approx. thousand years ago, was destroyed by fire in 1834
  • The current one having 1,100 rooms and 11 courtyards was built in 1840
  • It is home to the House of Commons and the House of Lords
  • 659 publicly elected Members of Parliament sit and pass legislatures in the House of Commons
  • House of Lords with approx. 700 members is an unelected body that has limited power
  • Part of a UNESCO World Heritage Site since 1987
  • Its famous clock tower is called Big Ben

What to do there:

  • Admire the majestic building from the outside
  • For the best photo spot walk through the Westminster Bridge to the other side of the Thames

Tips & Insights:

  • UK citizens can take guided tours on select days throughout the year
  • Non-UK citizens can take guided tours only during Parliament's summer break
  • You may observe debates for free from the Stranger's Galleries in both houses

Houses of Parliament features in these preplanned City Guides: