Exclusive Skip The Line Guided Tour Of Houses of Parliament & Westminster Abbey
Take a plunge into the living history of British Democracy with this guided tour through Westminster Abbey and the Houses of Parliament. You’ll learn all about the grand art, architecture, and stories of Westminster while walking through the many rooms and antechambers that forged the course of the British empire over many centuries.
- Experience the rich history of British democracy with stories, facts, and anecdotes from your expert guide.
- Explore Westminster Abbey and its deep ties to the cultural ethos of Britain through the ages.
- Follow in the footsteps of greats like Churchill and Henry VIII through some of the most important rooms in the Palace of Westminster with only a handful of other people.
- This 4-hour guided tour is perfectly suited for first-time visitors to Westminster, as well as those looking for an in-depth glimpse at the Abbey and Palace’s remarkable history.
Experience the Majesty and Grandeur of Westminster
This guided tour will give you the opportunity of a lifetime to witness Westminster like never before. You will see and hear about the multifaceted history of the nation through the lens of all that was set down in stone at the Abbey and the Palace. Visiting only while the government is on recess, you can traverse the House of Commons and House of Lords, as well as many of the other beautiful halls and chambers in which the laws of the United Kingdom are arbitrated upon. Along the way, your guide will reveal some of the unique stories, traditions, and lore of one of the world’s oldest constitutional monarchies, and you will see how the past and present intertwine to give rise to a society that is both fiercely modern and deeply steeped in history.
Witness the Serenity of Westminster Abbey
After you meet your guide at the Churchill statue in Parliament Square, you will be escorted to the skip the line entry into Westminster Abbey, during one of the most peaceful times to visit the hallowed church. Dating back over a thousand years, this Gothic church has witnessed the coronations and weddings of innumerable generations of British monarchs. Also known as “Britain’s Vallhalla”, the Abbey is also the burial site for many personages of predominant prominence in British history (including many monarchs, prime ministers, poet laureates, actors and scientists such as Newton, Darwin, and Churchill). During your visit, your guide will relate interesting tidbits about the Abbey, as well as explain how the British monarchy helped shape the country’s conversion to democracy.
Wander Through the August Halls of Parliament
The tour will then continue on to Westminster Palace, where your guide will show you around and provide you with facts and anecdotes that will immerse you in the storied past of this grand structure. First, you will head to Westminster Hall, one of the finest surviving examples of medieval timber architecture in the world. Beneath the roof made of ancient oak trees, you’ll learn more about the history of the building and how it reinvents itself to accommodate newer generations of royals and politicians. You’ll also peek into the Queen’s Robing Room, where she dons her crown and ermine cape before officially opening each session of Parliament.
Next, you’ll head to the Chamber of the House of Commons, where Britain’s elected MP’s debate and adjudicate on how to best handle the affairs of state. From this cradle of democratic prowess, you’ll head over to the chamber of the House of Lords, where peers who had inherited their titles used to sit. They may have lesser power than the MP’s, but their chamber is still more opulent.
Finally, you’ll head into two of the most unique rooms in the building: the Division Lobbies. In these rooms, following a tradition that dates all the way back to Ancient Rome, opposing sides gather seperately before a parliamentary vote and are then counted as they leave.
Walking in the footsteps of great men like Henry VIII and Winston Churchill, you will discover how history, legend, and a lot of pomp and circumstance mingle in an unparalleled manner for a slice across time like no other.
- Skip-the-line entrance to Westminster Abbey
- Skip-the-line entrance to Houses of Parliament
- Fully guided tour inside Houses of Parliament and Westminster Abbey
- Small groups of 20 people
- Food & Beverages
- Hotel Pick-Up/Drop-Off
Reduced Price Tickets - Children's tickets (aged between 2 and 14) can be bought at discounted rates.
- Student tickets can be bought at discounted rates, granted they have valid IDs on them. - Children below the age of 2 do not require tickets.
Please be advised that the tour will be conducted in English.
Timings and Availability
This guided tour is 3 hours 45 minutes long and begins at 9:00 AM. You must meet up with your guide at least 15 minutes prior to the start of your tour. The availability is as follows:
- 01 August 2019 - 31 August 2019: Tuesday, Thursday, Saturdays
- 01 September 2019 - 31 December 2019: Saturdays (Except the 21st of September)
Know Before You Go
- Photography is not permitted inside the Houses of Parliament.
- Please note that for security reasons, airport-style bag searches will take place at the Houses of Parliament.
- The Westminster Abbey is subject to closure during special celebrations/festivities, including the Easter ceremonies. If this occurs during your visit, we will run an alternative itinerary that includes an explanation of the Abbey from the outside.
Since the tour will cover a fair amount of ground in 4 hours, we recommend you put on some comfortable shoes to walk with ease.
Unfortunately, due to stairways and limited elevator access, we are unable to accommodate guests with mobility impairments, wheelchairs or strollers on this tour.
Strict Cancellation Policy
These tickets cannot be canceled, amended or rescheduled.
- Your voucher will be emailed to you shortly.
- Please display the voucher on your mobile phone with a valid photo ID to your guide.
- If you have purchased reduced price tickets, please carry your valid photo ID proof for verification.
- Kindly ensure that you arrive 10-15 minutes before the start time of your tour to avoid any delays.
- Meet your tour guide at Winston Churchill Statue (Parliament Square, Westminster, London SW1P 3JX, UK).
- The Big Ben can be seen directly ahead of you from your meeting point.
- This point is just 5 minutes away from the Houses of Parliament.
- To locate the meeting point on Google Maps, simply search for - Winston Churchill Statue.
Board metro lines Circle, District, or Jubilee. Get off at Westminster Station, which is a 2-minute walk to the statue.
Board buses 148 or 211. Get off at the Westminster Station Bridge Street bus stop, which is a 2-minute walk to the statue.