1. United Kingdom
  2. South East England
  3. London
  4. Big Ben

Walking Westminster: Big Ben & Houses of Parliament

Product ID: 227380
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This tour takes you through the heart of Westminster, revealing the stories behind the statues in Parliament Square. Discuss the history of Westminster Abbey and see views of the Palace of Westminster that you can usually only see on TV.
About this activity
Duration 1 hour
Printed or mobile voucher accepted
Instant confirmation
Live tour guide
English
Wheelchair accessible
Easy cancellation
Cancel up to 24 hours in advance for a full refund

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Experience

Highlights
  • Get royal and parliamentary history as you make your way past Big Ben, the Houses of Parliament, Westminster Abbey, and Parliament Square
  • Learn about the political figures memorialized in Parliament Square
  • Take in great views of Big Ben and the Houses of Parliament from special vantage points
  • Step away from the tourist path and see hidden corners of the neighborhood that hold unexpected surprises
Full description
Your tour begins on the South Bank at one of the most impressive viewpoints of the Palace of Westminster and Big Ben. Here, you will discuss the history of the Palace and the British political system.

Crossing the river, you will see the London Eye before entering Parliament Square for a look at some of the famous political personalities who have been memorialized in statues there. Your guide will tell you about some of their favorites, including the suffragist Millicent Fawcett.

Then, you will take in the facade of Westminster Abbey and discuss some of the important events that have taken place in the Church along with the important people buried beneath it. Ducking off the beaten path, you will head into some hidden side streets filled with architectural relics of Georgian London and emerge into one of the all-time classic views of Parliament. You will find a spot between the news anchors reporting on Parliament that day and give you interesting facts and stories about the British government. Don’t forget to take a few photos with one of the most impressive backdrops in the city.
Includes
  • Guided walking tour
  • Expert local guides
What’s Not Included
  • Guided tour inside House of Parliament & Westminster Abbey
  • Gratuities
  • Hotel pickup/drop-off

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Meeting point

In front of St Thomas Hospital Gardens, next to the river Thames, walk down the steps from Westminster Bridge.

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