Not Just For MPs: The Houses Of Parliament Is Open To All This Summer

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Not Just For MPs: The Houses Of Parliament Is Open To All This Summer

This is a sponsored article on behalf of Houses of Parliament.

As far as offices go, those at the helm of the country have a pretty snazzy one.

The Houses of Parliament — or, to use its proper name, the Palace of Westminster — is home to over 1000 years of British political history, and it still plays a pivotal role in our democracy to this day. Intense debates, committee hearings, votes... it all happens here.

More than just a pretty picture, it's probably the most important building that you've never stepped foot in. So why not take a peek inside?

With MPs away for summer recess, there are more opportunities than ever to get behind closed doors at this Westminster icon — and, if you're not already, you'll leave as a bit of a politics buff too.

All summer, British political history is brought to life through a variety of guided tours running Monday to Friday, in addition to the usual Saturday sessions. The tours, led by expert visitor guides, sees visitors start their journey in the nearly 1000-year old Westminster Hall, before heading through Central Lobby to explore the Commons and Lords Chambers.

There are family-friendly tours available too, packed full of fun facts for the kids, and for those who prefer to take it slow, audio-guided tours let you explore the Grade I listed building at your own pace.

Plus, don't miss Voice & Vote, taking place in Westminster Hall until 6 October. The exhibition — which is completely free to visitors — charts the history of women in Parliament through the re-creation of lost historical spaces, rare and previously unseen historic objects, and pictures from parliamentary and private collections.

So if you fancy a day out with a difference this summer, the Houses of Parliament gets our vote — there's nowhere else quite like it.

The Houses of Parliament is open for tours all year round, with extra dates and the Voice & Vote exhibition available this summer. Click here to plan your visit.

Last Updated 10 August 2018