Parliament Square

The spiritual and political heart of the city, the Palace of Westminster was built here a thousand years ago as a royal household, seat of government and abbey. The square was planned as part of the rebuilding programme following a fire that destroyed the Palace in 1834. Usually known as the Houses of Parliament, the new Palace of Westminster stands opposite Westminster Abbey. On the north side of the square, Parliament Street leads to Whitehall and No.10 Downing Street, the Prime Minister’s residence.

  • Parliament Square SW1


  • The Strangers’ Galleries at the Houses of Parliament have limited seating for visitors during debates. Times are given at St Stephen’s gate, or phone

  • 020 7219 4272

  • Tours can be arranged ...

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