This spring you can explore the iconic Houses of Parliament from a fresh angle with new Suffragette-themed tours.
Inspired by the popularity of the film Suffragette, which incorporates scenes shot at Westminster, the tours tell the story of women’s struggle for the vote and their subsequent achievements, and will run between 6 February and 6 April.
Votes for Women! is a one-hour tour followed by a range of optional Votes for Women!-themed family activities, while From Petitions to Prime Minister: A Short History of Women in Parliament is a guided 90-minute tour through the House of Commons and the House of Lords which follows the early petitioning for women’s suffrage through to the UK’s first (and so far) only female Prime Minister and the prominent role of women in parliament today.
The Houses of Parliament is high on any visitor to London’s must-see list. With a 1,000 years of history, stunning architecture and amazing art, the Palace of Westminster, as it is otherwise known, is one of London’s most recognisable buildings, symbolising Britain.
The decisions made in its venerable corridors of power have shaped the country’s history, past and present.
The building is open to all UK and overseas visitors to attend debates and watch committee hearings but a guided tour offers a unique chance to explore the history, character and splendour of the building in detail and up close.
All tours include the majestic Lords Chamber, the Commons Chamber with its famous green benches and the medieval Westminster Hall.
Private guided tours on weekdays have also been introduced for up to 10 visitors, which can be tailored to reflect the interests, knowledge and language of the group, as well as self-guided audio tours for groups and individuals, so there’s sure to be an option to suit your needs.
For more information tours and times, visit www.parliament.uk/visiting.