Parliament

By  Rachel Path

You may know this building better for it’s clock tower and that giant bell they call Big Ben, but there is a lot more to it than that.  Parliament was by far one of my favorite places I visited in all of London.  The tour takes you on the exact walk the Queen takes every year at the state opening of Parliament.  This means it takes you through the House of Lords, the House of Commons, and more.  Also, the guides fill you in on everything you need to know about how Parliament works meaning  you will no longer be labeled an incompetent American by the Brits if you can just spit out of few of the facts you learned on the tour!

First off, you must book your tickets in advance, which you can online at the ticketmaster website.  Lucky for you, students are only 10 pounds or if 10 or more people from your program want to go as a group you can get a discount depending on the time of your tour.  Tours are available on Saturdays between the times of 9:15 and 4:30, but there are special summer hours if that is when you will be there.

On the day of your tour, take the tube to Westminster station, walk right out, and there you are.  Make sure not to bring any object that could be considered a weapon, you have to go through security prior to entering and sadly, no pictures can be taken inside so you don’t need to bring your camera.

For more information you can go to Parliament’s website.

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