Learn about Political History with House of Parliament Tours

Take an exhilarating step back in time with a guided tour of London’s iconic Westminster Palace and experience all the intriguing and political history that it has to offer.

For over 900 years The Houses of Parliament (AKA the Palace of Westminster) has been the centre of power throughout Britain.  William II completed construction of the Palace of Westminster started in 1097and in 1099; at the time of its completion it was the largest hall in all of England.

Its initial role was to be a royal only residence, but by 1512 a fire destroyed the private quarters of Henry VIII, after that Henry moved out and the lawyers and politicians moved in, it has been the hub for Britain’s political powers ever since.

The Palace of Westminster held numerous high profile treason trials between the 15th and 18th centuries. King Charles I being one of the most notable who in 1649 was tried and condemned as a traitor, tyrant, and murderer, despite the court having no real legal authority over him. In 1606 Guy Fawkes along with his co-conspirators in the Gunpowder Plot were tried, convicted, and executed.

The Palace has endured a myriad of bombings and other act of violence during it’s over 900 of years of existence. During the Blitz of World War 2 alone the Palace was hit more than 14 times. In 1812 former Prime Minister Spencer Percival was assassinated there, and in 1885 a Fenian bomb severely damaged the Palaces common chamber as well as seriously injuring three people.

You can explore further into the aforementioned as well as many other historical factoids related to the Palace whilst on your House of Parliament tour!

London Tour Guides – Choosing the Best One

 

When you visit London, it can be hard to narrow down what it is exactly you want to see.  London city boasts so many famous buildings, and there are so many different activities you can do.  The first thing to consider is what your focus is; for example, if it is the royal family and the big iconic buildings you are interested in then Buckingham Palace, Westminster Abbey and even Kensington Palace may be just what you are looking for.  Another option for your group is to visit a range of museums and galleries; the British Museum and the National Gallery are both locations where you could spend many hours visiting and will give a true flavour of British history and culture.

For any history fans, the Tower of London and the Crown Jewels and Tower Bridge will definitely impress all those in your group.  Another option is to visit the city entirely from the Thames and stop at locations along this amazing valley river, as there are so many landmarks and iconic sites to see just from the river.  One thing you won’t be short of is things to do and how to fill your time.  The key thing is to focus on what it is you are hoping to get from your day and choose some landmarks to visit.  It is impossible to visit every famous location and attraction, however by narrowing it down to the ones that are preferred, you can always come back and visit other sites another time.

Just a stone’s throw away from the city centre of London there are also many sites of interest such as Oxford, Windsor Castle, Stratford and even a Harry Potter Tour.  Attractions outside the main city centre will require more time however are easily accessible from the city centre.  With so much to choose, one thing is certain; you will not leave London disappointed, as there is so much to see and do for all tastes.