Behind the Scenes Parliament Tour - Fully Guided Tour at Closing Time
Experience the palace as it’s being closed for the day and beat daytime crowds with this exclusive parliament tour. Follow the same route that Queen Elizabeth takes during the State opening of Parliament, and stroll through the most famous rooms of the Palace of Westminster.
- Step into the grand Palace of Westminster as it closes for the day and get a slice of British democracy without the hustle of daytime crowds.
- Walk in the footsteps of Queen Elizabeth as you take her usual processional route at the State Opening of Parliament.
- Notice the striking artwork and architectural details along the way by famous artists like Augustus Pugin, Sir Charles Barry, Daniel Maclise, and many more.
- Take a peaceful walk through the most famous rooms of the Palace, including the Queen’s Robing Room, the Royal Gallery, the Prince’s Chamber, House of Commons, and House of Lords, among others.
The Exclusive After-Hours Parliament Tour
Your Parliament tour commences at Westminster Hall, the oldest and one of the grandest parts of the palace. Meet your tour guide and a small group of no more than 20 people here, before making your way to the Royal staircase. Gear up to follow the Queen’s customary route on her annual State Opening of the Parliament.
The next part of this experience is a guided tour through the building’s renowned rooms, including the Queen’s Robing Boom, the Royal Gallery, and the Prince’s Chamber. In each of these rooms, you’ll have time to look around and soak up the impressive artwork and architectural murals, by worshipped artists such as Augustus Pugin, Sir Charles Barry, and Daniel Maclise, among others.
After your tour of the House of Commons, make your way to the masterpiece of this Parliament tour, the stunning Chamber of the House of Lords. With the chamber being nearly empty at this hour, you’ll feel particularly special before there. Stand next to the throne where Queen Elizabeth sits during the State Opening and marvel at the views. Learn about the history of the House of Lords and how it came to be as you bask in its opulence.
- Entrance into Westminster Palace
- Guided tour of Parliament, House of Commons, House of Lords, and other important rooms within the palace
- Expert English-speaking tour guide
- 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 2 hours long.
- 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: Fridays & Saturdays (Except the 30th of August)
- 01 September 2019 - 31 October 2019: Saturdays (Except the 21st of October)
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.
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.