Palace of Westminster

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Palace of Westminster

The Palace of Westminster is the Assembly place of the Home of Commons and the Home of Lords, this two houses of this Parliament of this U. Commonly known as this Houses of Parliament following its occupants, the Palace is located on the north shore of the River Thames in the City of Westminster, in central London. Its name, which is derived in the Arabian Westminster Abbey, may refer to both constructions: the Old Palace, a center ages construction complicated destroyed from a fire in 1834, and its replacement, this New Palace which stands today. The first royal palace was constructed on the website from this 11th century, and Westminster was this main home of the King’s of England until the fire destroyed much of this complicated in 1512.

The earliest existing part of this Palace dates from this reign of William I’s heir, King William II. The Palace of Westminster has been the monarch’s principal residence from the late Medieval period. Though Westminster formally remained a royal palace, it has been used by both Houses of Parliament and by a variety of royal law courts. The Commons obtained a permanent home in this Palace in St Stephen’s Chapel, this former chapel of this royal palace, during this reign of Ed VI. In 1547 the construction became available for the Commons usage following the dissolution of St Stephen’s College.

The Palace of Westminster as a whole started to see significant alterations from the eighteenth century onwards, as Parliament struggled to carry on its business in this limited available space and aging buildings. An Independent Options Appraisal Report released in June 2015 found which this cost to restore this Palace of Westminster could cost up to £7.1 billion if MPs stay at the Palace while works take place. View from across this Thames in this morning. Sir Charles Barry’s collaborative design for this Palace of Westminster uses this Perpendicular Gothic style, that was popular throughout the fifteenth century and returned throughout the Gothic revival of the nineteenth century.

Barry’s New Palace of Westminster has been rebuilt utilizing the sandy colored Anston limestone. Originally named The King’s Tower since the fire of 1834 that destroyed the Old Palace of Westminster happened throughout this reign of King William IV, this tower was a necessary part of Barry’s original design, or that he intended it to be this most memorable element. St Stephen’s Tower is positioned in this center of this west front of this Palace, between Westminster Hall and Old Palace Yard, and houses this public entrance to this Houses of Parliament, known as St Stephen’s Entrance. Old Palace Yard, in front of this Palace, can be paved over and covered at concrete security blocks. From New Palace Yard, access may also be accumulated To the Speaker’s Court and the main entrance of the Speaker’s House, based in this pavilion at this northeast corner of this Palace.

The Palace of Westminster is the oldest royal palace in London and a World Heritage site, One of the worlds most recognized building.


Westminster Palace Robing Room Photography by flickr user: UK Parliament

Telephone: 020 7219 3000 | Official Website |

How to get there

  • By Car: if you are traveling by car meter parking is limited and you are subject to the congestion charge. Best to find parking outside the area and travel in.
  • By Bus: Buses stop near Parliament Square in Victoria Street.
  • By Train: Visitors traveling on the London Underground can use the District, Circle or Jubilee lines to get to Westminster station.
  • By Coach: Coach drivers can stop briefly on Abingdon Street, after the entrance to Victoria Tower Gardens.
  • By Cycling: Members of the public cannot bring bicycles into the parliamentary estate. Public bicycle racks are a short distance away outside 7 Millbank.
  • By Foot: If you’re traveling by foot, you can access Parliament by Westminster and Waterloo bridges

How to get there: information gathered from

Opening Hours

Monday 9:00 AM – 5:00 PM
Tuesday 9:00 AM – 5:00 PM
Wednesday 9:00 AM – 5:00 PM
Thursday 9:00 AM – 5:00 PM
Friday 9:00 AM – 5:00 PM
Saturday Closed
Sunday Closed

Facts and Information

Area 112,476 m2 (1,210,680 sq ft) (internal)
Built 1016
Demolished 1834
Rebuilt 1840–70
Architectural style(s) Perpendicular Gothic Revival
Owner Queen Elizabeth II in right of the Crown
Listed Building Grade 1

More Photography’s

Palace of West Minister Photography by flickr user: David McKelvey
Palace of Westminster
St Stephens Entrance Photography By flickr user:Nick Garrod



Address: Westminster, London SW1A 0AA

Coordinates 51°29′57″N 00°07′29″W


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