Houses of Parliament Tour
Telephone: 020 7219 4114
The Houses of Parliament have created an audio tour especially for families with children! The commentary is delivered in the style of a 'live' news broadcast and time travelling reporters are called upon throughout the tour to report from the scene on many of the stories associated with this historic building.
New Tours for the first half of 2016 vary across the seasons but include ‘Votes for Women!’ Family Tours, Suffragette Themed Tours and one based on A Short History of Women in Parliament. These of course will follow individual programmes separate to the existing tours.
The standard audio tours and guided tours include the route taken by the Queen at State Opening of Parliament; from the Queen's Robing Room, through the Royal Gallery and Prince's Chamber, into the majestic Lords' Chamber.
Tours then move on through Central Lobby, Member's Lobby and one of the voting lobbies before entering the Commons Chamber, scene of many lively debates.
Passing through St Stephen's Hall, the tours end in 900 year old Westminster Hall. This is where Guy Fawkes and King Charles I were tried and where Nelson Mandela and Barack Obama addressed Parliament in more recent years.
The audio tours are recommended for families. The guided tours are not really suitable for younger children due to the length of the tours (90 minutes) and the amount of walking involved.
Images reproduced with the permission of Parliament.
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It may be worth checking out Houses of Parliament Tour's website to see if there are any special events or seasonal fun things to do that may be going on during the day.
We do strongly suggest you contact Houses of Parliament Tour before you set off on your family day out, just to make sure they are open and to confirm admission prices, as there is nothing worse than disappointed kids in the back of your car after a long journey.
2016 Opening Details:
Audio and guided tours available on Saturdays throughout the year and on most weekdays during Parliamentary recesses including the summer, Christmas and Easter.
New Special Tours are available for the first half of 2016 and are individually timetabled.
For more information please visit the website through the link to the left.
Jubilee Cafe, located next to Westminster Hall, offers a selection of light meals, and hot and cold drinks.
"Can I have one of those?"
The Jubilee Shop, located next to Westminster Hall, has a great new range of attractive and affordable souvenirs for kids.
"are we there yet?"
Nearest Underground: Westminster Nearest Mainline Stations: Victoria, Charing Cross, Waterloo
Prices & Admission
Up to March 2016
Children (5 to 15 years): One child free with each paying adult, £7.20 for each additional child
Children (under 5): Free
Concessions (over 60s, students, members of the UK Armed Forces): £15.50
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