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Houses of Parliament - Summer tours

Feature by Jack Foley

DURING the Summer Recess the Palace of Westminster, home to the House of Lords and the House of Commons, is open for a one-hour guided tour, which includes both Chambers and other great State Rooms. This year, the Summer Tours run from July 31 to October 3, 2007.

The tour starts at Victoria Tower and ends in Historic Westminster Hall.

The UK Parliament is one of the oldest representative assemblies in the world. The site of the Houses of Parliament is the Palace of Westminster, a royal palace and former residence of kings.

The layout of the Palace is intricate, with its existing buildings containing nearly 1,200 rooms, 100 staircases and well over 3 kilometers (2 miles) of passages. Among the original historic buildings is Westminster Hall, used nowadays for major public ceremonial events.

Language tours, operated by Blue Badge qualified guides, are also available in French, German, Spanish & Italian daily (please check times).

Special Note – The Palace of Westminster can become busier in the afternoons – morning tours may be quieter and comprise of less visitors per guide…

The ticket office is located at Abingdon Green. Everyone attending a tour must have a ticket. Children under 4 are admitted free, but they must still have a zero value ticket.

Please note that this tour is not recommended for small children as there is a lot of walking. Pushchair/strollers cannot be taken on the tour and must be left at and collected from the tour starting point.

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