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Westminster Palace

World Heritage Site

Commonly known as the Houses of Parliament, Westminster Palace is where our government meets to manage Britain's political affairs. The building itself was rebuilt, staring in 1840, on the site of important medieval remains. It's a stunning example of neo-Gothic architecture.

Westminster Palace

You can see the famous Big Ben clock tower on the east side of the building and during the summer you can tour the inside. Since this is a working government institution, all year there's the opportunity to sit in the public gallery during parliamentary debates - all entrance must be booked.

 

Westminster Abbey

This is one of Britain's finest Gothic buildings; a masterpiece of 13th-16th century architecture. Westminster Abbey is also the home to the shrine of St Edward the Confessor, the tombs of kings and queens, and countless memorials to the famous and the great.

The abbey has been the setting for every Coronation since 1066 and for numerous other royal weddings and occasions. The church is open to tourists from Monday to Saturday with both audio tours and tours led by church officials.

Saint Margaret's Church

Founded in the 12th century, Saint Margaret's Church stands between Westminster Abbey and the Houses of Parliament and is commonly called "the parish church of the House of Commons". You can enjoy numerous special services throughout the year and every Sunday the church welcomes people from around the world.


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