Behind the Scenes Parliament Tour Fully Guided Tour at Closing Time

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This tour gives you a peek behind the scenes in the Palace of Westminster as the other visitors and politicians start to go home for the day Walk the same route followed by the Queen during the State opening of Parliament and learn about the jaw-dropping architecture and art that lines the way. You’ll see all the major attractions, including the Queens Robing Room and House of Commons, but the main highlight is the House of Lords, where you’ll stand with only a handful of other people, just a few feet from the royal thrones. This is the most intimate experience you can have with one of the beating hearts of global democracy.

* Step inside The Palace of Westminster with the last entry of the day and experience the heart of British democracy as the crowds begin to go home.
* Walk in the footsteps of the Queen as you trace her normal processional route at the State Opening of Parliament.
* Marvel as the architecture and art on display by Augustus Pugin, Charles Barry, William Dyce, Daniel Maclise, and more.
* Stop in the Queen's Robing Room, Royal Gallery, Prince's Chamber, House of Commons, and more!
* Stand in the House of Lords with almost no other crowds.
* Learn the secrets of the building from an expert guide, like why the stairs are so shallow, and why you can’t just sit anywhere you’d like.

Your tour starts in Westminster Hall, the oldest part of the Palace and also one of the most impressive, just as the Palace of Westminster begins to close for the day. Then you’ll head straight to the Royal Staircase where your guide will give you a brief history of the building, including how and why it was constructed over hundreds of years, and how it remains intimately connected with Queen Victoria.

Next, you’ll head into the Queen’s Robing Room to see frescoes by William Dyce, gorgeous bas-reliefs and the Chair of State where the Queen sits while donning her robes and the Imperial State Crown. Every inch of this room is packed with mythic symbolism and heraldic images. Your guide will help you decipher it all while telling you about Augustus Pugin, the Victorian genius who willed the structure into existence.

Your next stop is the Royal Gallery to see where the members of the House of Lords meet and politic informally when Parliament is in session. You’ll take in immense paintings by Daniel Maclise and learn why they were so difficult to create and maintain before passing into the Prince’s Chamber to see portraits of the Tudor Dynasty and learn about their fascinating history.

Your tour includes an assortment of other rooms and lobbies, including the House of Commons, but the highlight is one of the grandest rooms ever designed for politics: The Chamber of the House of Lords. This is where the appointed members of Parliament meet to debate, and where the Queen comes to sit on her throne during the State Opening. As you stand in it with only a handful of other visitors, your guide will tell you about the history of the room and some of the interesting things that have taken place inside.

This is the ultimate experience for lovers of architecture and royal history. There is simply no feeling quite like exploring the United Kingdom’s premier palace without the normal daytime crowds.

Sites Visited:
* Royal Staircase
* 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

* Expert Tour Guide
* Parliament tickets

* Hotel Pick-Up / Drop-Off
* Gratuities

Group Size:
* 20 people per guide

* 2 Hours

Important Notes:
* Gratuities to guides are appreciated but never obligatory.
* Please note that for security reasons, airport-style bag searches will take place at the Houses of Parliament.
* Photography is not permitted inside Houses of Parliament.
* Comfortable walking shoes recommended.

No Seating plan available.


Winston Churchill Statue

Parliament Square
London SW1P 3JX