Der Palace of Westminster (auch Westminster Palace), deutsch Westminsterpalast, ist der Sitz des britischen Parlaments in London, das aus dem House of Commons (Unterhaus) und dem House of Lords (Oberhaus) besteht. Der monumentale, zwischen 1840 und 1870 überwiegend im neugotischen Stil errichtete Gebäudekomplex wird auch als Houses of Parliament oder New Houses of Parliament bezeichnet.
Der Palast befindet sich in der City of Westminster am Parliament Square in unmittelbarer Nähe zu den Regierungsgebäuden in Whitehall. Er wurde gemeinsam mit der Westminster Abbey und der St Margaret’s Church von der UNESCO zum Weltkulturerbe erklärt. Seine ältesten erhaltenen Teile sind die Westminster Hall aus dem Jahr 1097 sowie der Jewel Tower, der etwa 1365 erbaut wurde. Ursprünglich diente er als Residenz der englischen Könige, doch seit 1529 hat kein Monarch mehr dort gelebt. Vom ursprünglichen Gebäude ist nur wenig erhalten geblieben, da es am 16. Oktober 1834 bei einem verheerenden Großbrand fast vollständig zerstört wurde. Die für den Wiederaufbau verantwortlichen Architekten waren Charles Barry und Augustus Pugin.
|Montag||9:00 AM – 5:00 PM|
|Dienstag||9:00 AM – 5:00 PM|
|Mittwoch||9:00 AM – 5:00 PM|
|Donnerstag||9:00 AM – 5:00 PM|
|Freitag||9:00 AM – 5:00 PM|
Arlyn Gayle | Jan. 13, 2018
The interior of the palace (or House of Parliament) is beautiful. The experience of entering the debate rooms for the House of Commons and House of Lords is unique (looking forward to recognizing it in TV). I have enjoyed the audio-guided tour. It’s not too long that you get bored and it’s long enough to point out important facts/information about the palace and the various rooms within. Photos are only allowed in the first two rooms.
Portinari Giacomo | Feb. 28, 2018
Magnificent palace full of history and culture! From the breath-taking House of Lords (and the Royal rooms surrounding it) to the austerity of the House of Commons, every single detail and anectode about this building sums perfectly up the British way of thinking, and will make everyone happy, both Royalty fans and political junkies. If England were a building, it would be without the shadow of any doubt the House of Parliament! I highly recommend the guided tour!
Steffan Thomas | Feb. 26, 2018
Had a tour round. It was very interesting and amazing to see the place on a working day! Saw the commons sitting so very good! Only reservation is that the coffee shop was a little slow! Good experience and would definitely recommend!!!
Katie Woodward | Feb. 10, 2018
Amazing tour of the Houses of Parliament today by an official blue badge guide very interesting, informative and entertaining. Lovely afternoon tea with great waiting staff and views of the river. When leaving a very friendly and knowledgeable security guard went the extra mile to show us out and share some of his own interests and experiences of this wonderful historic building! Thank you!
Edward Cromer | Feb. 2, 2018
Fantastic building, very impressive. The tour gives you a real sense of how we came to have our modern system of government, very interesting and informative. I LIKED!
Ulimmeh-Hannibal Ezekiel | Apr. 7, 2018
A truly icon building! This building is London. The architecture and keen attention to detail is unbelievable. There is so much history in this building. I will start with one quick fact. But not quite as much as you'd think. Almost all of the old Palace of Westminster was destroyed by fire in 1834. The present building was officially opened, incomplete, in 1852.
Winda Maharani | Apr. 3, 2018
A great place to visit for a few hours even if your not into politics! Recommend you take the earphones to get the full story as you go meaning you can also walk through at your own pace. Thought the commons and House of Lords sections were fascinating. My only comment was how cold the chapel area was otherwise a great visit.
Rasmus Andersson | Apr. 18, 2018
I had one of my best days of my life when I visited the Palace. It was incredible, perhaps the most beautiful parliament in the world. A big thank you to my guide.
Ayla Kim | März 8, 2018
How intricate and beautiful the architectural design of this place is is really marvelous. It’s a great site for photos and simply enjoying the atmosphere of London. It’s importance to the city makes it all the more great to visit. I loved checking this place out and I think anyone visiting London should.
William Read | Mai 14, 2018
Our tour on 15 May was guided by Philip Grady, and was one of the most memorable and fascinating guided tours that I have ever enjoyed over several decades of visiting historic buildings and sites in the UK and abroad. A guided tour of the Palace of Westminster is very worthwhile, and brings the whole building to life. My only criticism is that no photography is permitted during the tour, but that does not really reduce the enjoyment of the whole experience.
Carla GS | Mai 15, 2018
Great visit! Don't forget to get an audiguide ;) specially if you are visiting UK or you might miss interesting details! Also guided visits are available. Pictures are restricted in some. places. The people at the different rooms are helpful and happy to answer any questions. Also there are benches were you can take your time to admire the building. There is a cafe and a souvenir store inside.
Pedro Pamplona | Mai 7, 2018
Fantastic place. I had a guided tour it was worth it. I am a history nerd so it was great to hear a British man explaining the history of the place, the events like the Queen opening the parliament (go see it on YouTube) and how the British parliament works. Again it is an amazing place
Petri Heikkinen | Juli 1, 2018
Very beautiful and interesting place to visit inside. I took the audio-guided tour to wander around the rooms at my own pace and was really impressed by the architecture. I'm not that much into politics, so was actually surprised how interesting I found all the details about the workings and history of the British parliament. So fascinating facts you can learn there! And you get to personally visit the familiar-from-the-news chambers of both Houses. Definitely worth a visit!
Obydullah Al Marjuk | Juni 30, 2018
The iconic symbol of London city. The historical value is unforgettable; how an empire was built upon! The skyline of the palace is always very stunning, be it a sunny day or rainy day. Specially, if somebody takes the cruise by Thames river, could enjoy the view the most. The view from the Westminster bridge is also awesome.
Cassandra Y. | Juli 8, 2018
Beautiful architecture! Breathtaking! If you have time, definitely take a tour inside. It's right next to Big Ben. Another famous landmark in London. check out both day time and night time. Very different feel.
Agustin Farias | Juli 6, 2018
It's free to watch the House of Commons debates, so go in... We were visiting Westminster Abbey and decided to go into the Parliament last minute and did not regret it at all. It takes some time to go through security, get a visitor's pass and queue to get access to the House of Commons chamber. It was definitely worth the visit specifically for our kids and also for us adults. The way they debate policy is unique in the UK and quite different from this other side of the Atlantic. TIP: Check the website in advance to see the schedule of the topics they will be debating during a given date & time. Quite a bit of people where there watching (some school kids of different ages as well as many tourists and people involved in politics) We did not stayed too long, just perhaps 30 mins, enough for our kids to get a sense of how politics is done in the UK.
Thomas Hodges | Aug. 7, 2018
Loved it, highly recommend if you are interested in the British political system and the rooms are beautiful. It's just so cool seeing the House of Lords and where the queen sits and learning about how England creates laws. After a while some the buildings all look the same. But still nice to see.
Wander ist eine Reisesuchmaschine, mit der Sie das perfekte Reiseziel finden können, das Ihrem Budget und Ihren Vorlieben entspricht.