Tours inside the Houses of Parliament are available for the first time over the Christmas and New Year period. Opening dates are on December 21, 27 and 28; and January 2, 3 and 4.

The ‘Blue Badge’ guided tours take visitors on a 75-minute journey combining 1,000 years of history, modern day politics and art and architecture. Tours highlights include the Lords and Commons Chambers, the Queen’s Robing Room, the Royal Gallery, Central Lobby, Members’ Lobby and Westminster Hall.  

English language tours run at 15 minute intervals throughout the day between 09.15 and 16.30 and tickets cost £16.50 for adults with concessions for seniors, students and the armed forces at £14. One child is admitted free with each paying adult, otherwise tickets are £7 per additional child aged five to 15. Special rates for groups of ten or more range between £9 and £13 per person depending on the tour start time.  

For details call Ticketmaster on 0844-847 1672 or see

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