Guided tour of Houses of Parliament

Guided tours of Parliament

There can’t be any more iconic building in London than the Houses of Parliament (or as it was originally known the Palace of Westminster). On the banks of the Thames in central London is this imposing building and tall clock tower, Big Ben. You may not be interested in the daily goings on of our governments workplace but the heritage and history and stories of the place are fascinating.
Every Saturday there are expert guided tours of Parliament where you can see inside for yourself this fascinating building. Tours last 75 minutes and start by following the route taken by The Queen at the State Opening of Parliament; from The Queen’s Robing Room, through the Royal Gallery and Prince’s Chamber, into the majestic Lords Chamber. They move on through Central Lobby, Members’ Lobby and one of the voting lobbies before entering the Commons Chamber, scene of many lively debates.
Passing through St Stephen’s Hall, the tours end in Westminster Hall, a place where many historic trials have taken place and where Nelson Mandela and Barack Obama have addressed Parliament in more recent years.
A popular add-on is afternoon tea, which can be taken in the elegant Pugin Room in the House of Commons with views over the River Thames.
For more information and prices, see the Parliament website.

Parliamentary copyright images are reproduced with the permission of Parliament

Rosehill Travel can help

Need help planning your holiday?

Here’s a great example of what we can do for you. This is an enquiry I received today from a client. Group of 6 with two young children asked for help planning a three day itinerary and providing the tour services.

This will be a private tour with tour guide + transportation. Appreciate if you can come up with a daily itinerary for three days. Please see if it is possible to do all mentioned.

We like to walk gardens, villages, enjoy pretty views and scenery
View typical and old architecture,
Visit some old homes and views their interiors
Some specialty and antique shopping
Some fun things for the kids – feeding ducks/animals, running in gardens, etc
Some time to do short walks on our own, etc
Cotswold villages
Stratford upon Avon
Romantic road
Roman baths
Westonbirt arboretum
Cotswold wildlife and gardens
Mill dene gardens
Warwick castle
Is the downtown abbey house near here at all? What about legoland?

And here’s my reply:

“There are too many places mentioned to visit in three days, but this is what I suggest

Day 1 – meeting clients in Oxford or can pick up from London.
(If coming to the Cotswolds from London, makes sense to do) Oxford first incl Christchurch College, Radcliffe Camera, Carfax Tower, Covered market
Blenheim Palace
If time on the way to hotel in Bibury some Cotswold villages and antique shopping in Burford and Stow on the Wold
Feed the ducks in Bibury

Day 2
Upper and Lower Slaughter villages (walk between the two)
Feed the ducks in Bourton on the Water
Cotswold Farm park
Mill Dene Garden
Stratford upon Avon

Day 3

Tetbury including antiques shopping and interesting independent shops incl Highgrove (owned by HRH Prince Charles)
Westonbirt Arboretum
Bath including Roman Baths, Bath Abbey

Stonehenge, Windsor castle/Legoland can be visited on the fourth day when returning to London.”

The client has a good selection of places they want to go, just needed help organising it in to a route and working out how much is feasible with in the time.

This is what we do

If you need help planning your next England holiday, get in touch.

Chipping Campden, market hall

Chipping Campden, Historic market town

In the north of the Cotswolds is the wonderful market town Chipping Campden. Anglo Saxon origin ‘Chipping’ (cheap, cheapen) means market. ‘Campden’, (camp) is a town or settlement. The Cotswolds was built on money made selling the fleece of the “Cotswold Lions” and Chipping Campden was one of six important market towns in the Cotswolds that prospered from the “Wool trade”, evidence of which we can see all around this area. If you’ve never visited the Cotswolds before, this town should definitely be on your list of places to go. Here’s my guide on what to do when you get there. The tourist information centre is on the High Street. Pick up a town map and ask someone to mark these spots.

Places to visit
St. James Church – Probably the best example of a Cotswold wool church
Court Barn – Museum celebrating local artists and craftsmen
Campden House – Remains of a magnificent country house owned by town benefactor, Sir Baptist Hicks
Almshouses – Homes built for the poor by Baptist Hicks
Grevels House – Oldest house in Chipping Campden
Market Hall – 17th century centre of the market
Cotswold Way Start/End point – 100 miles from here to Bath
Hart gallery – Silversmiths workshop on the top floor of the Old Silk Mill
Westington – Past the Old Silk Mill, follow the road round to the right and you’ll find a perfect street of quintessentially Cotswold houses
Places to eat
Badgers Hall – Great home-made scones and cakes and light lunches
Places to stay
Noel Arms hotel – Quality rooms, good service, reasonable price and very good food
Cotswold House hotel – Now with added spa!
Seymour House b&b – How b&b should be
Stuart House antiques
Robert Welch

Ofcourse we stop here on many of our driver-guided tours including:
Famous North Cotswolds
Short Break in the Cotswolds