This impressive assemblage of Gothic buildings has been the home of British government for over 900 years. The building ... More
Houses of Parliament
This impressive assemblage of Gothic buildings has been the home of British government for over 900 years. The building covers an area of eight acres and consists of 1100 rooms, 100 staircases and 11 courtyards. The House of Lords occupies the southern end of the building while the House of Commons occupies the area to the north. The best view of this massive expanse can be seen from nearby Parliament Square. Within the Houses of Parliament there is Westminster Hall, the Crypt Church, Members' Lobbies, the Commons Library and the Peers Library. The tower containing Big Ben looms just outside. To attend PMQ (Prime Minister's Question Time) in the House of Commons, UK citizens need to contact their local MP in advance. Otherwise, there is a queue at St Stephen's entrance. Admission is free.
I loved the view of the parliament when I got out from the Abbey.. but what made me in love with it the most was the beautiful lights that sparkled in the evening. It cannot be erased in my memory esp when we were crossing the bridge and saw the reflection of the lighted building along river Thames. It's a must see and so worth it.
i like london city as much, house of lords it gives good look like an incient designing accomodiately i m the person who was going inn there in house of lords as doing some stage participations with lord nazir i like the place,,,,
When in Westminster Abbey I was asked by an attendant if I had been to the gas house. Gas House I retorted, yes, the Gas House he replied, some people refer to it as the Houses of Parliament.
I believe the Houses of Parliament to be of staggering beauty and craftmanship, no matter what the calibre of those inside who think they know what is best for us. Rest assured the building will remain a tribute to the designers, stone masons and builders rather than for those merely passing through.
Its must see!
The Building is amazing , you can stand there and watch for hours specially at night!
Unfortunaly, i didn't get the chance to enter and have tour but watching from out side is more than enough...
As a Canadian, I'm not new to Parliament buildings. But the British Parliament buildings are a sight to behold. While buying a tour pass is not exactly inexpensive, it is definitely worth your money and time. The tour guides give great tours and the buildings are beautiful both inside and outside. Security is very tight, but that's understandable these days. Definitely a must-see!
The Houses of Parliament, or officially, the Palace of Westminster, is to Britons what the Capitol in Washington, D.C., is to Americans. While it may not look quite as majestic without the dome (see St. Paul's Cathedral), it is just as imposing, especially when viewed from across the Thames, or while on the river itself. Admission into the Houses of Parliament is free, however, if you do not buy tickets for a guided tour, you will miss so much.
While you cannot sit on the benches of the House of Commons, you can pretend to be Tony Blair at Prime Minister's Questions, (or the Leader of the Opposition, depending on your politics) while standing at his podium. As for sitting in on PMQ, you have to contact the American embassy to get on a waiting list. I wish I could have done this, as I am a C-SPAN buff and love PMQ, but that didn't happen.
You can also go into the House of Lords, which is a much larger and more ornate chamber than the Commons. (today's Commons chamber is only about 60 years old; the Luftwaffe bombed out the old one in 1941) This is where the State Opening of Parliament occurs every year, when the Queen sits on her throne and reads a speech written by the Government, outlining what it is they plan on doing in the next year. Sometimes I wonder what she really thinks about some of the things she has to read in the speech.
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