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Palace of Westminster

Palace of Westminster in London

The Palace of Westminster, also known as the Houses of Parliament, is a Victorian Gothic style building, HQ of the British Parliament.

The Palace of Westminster is the current House of Parliament of the United Kingdom, where it is based the House of Lords and House of Commons.

The neo-Gothic campus is on the north bank of the River Thames and was declared a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 1987. It is built where stood the old palace, which was devastated by the flames of fire in 1834.

Only saved were the Jewel Tower, the St Stephen’s Hall and Chapel Cloister.

The new Palace of Westminster begun construction back in 1840 and completed in 1870, at the time it was added the famous Clock Tower also known as the Big Ben.

Also important are the Big Ben – Victoria Tower, built in 1860. It is here where the records of the House of Lords and House of Commons are kept since 1497.

The oldest part of Parliament is Westminster Hall. This a huge hall dating from 1097 has witnessed many important events as judgments of state, ceremonial speeches and banquets.

Additional information

Parliament Square. Westminster, London SW1A 0AA
Visiting Hours
July to August on Wednesdays and Thursdays from 9:30am to 12pm
September to October on Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursdays from 9am to 12pm
Adults: £ 15
Students and people 60 years: £ 10
Children from 5 to 15 years: £ 6
Under 5 years: Free
Metro: Station Westminster Yellow lines (Circle), Green lines (District) and Gray lines (Jubilee)
Bus: Lines 3, 12, 53, 87, 88, 148, 159, 214, 453, 510, C10
Phone: +44 (0) 20 7219 3000

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