I am delighted to offer a new tour of the House of Lords that focusses on the stunning Lords’ Chamber itself (main picture) as well as the magnificent decorative and architectural features of the surrounding interiors of the Palace of Westminster and historic Westminster Hall.
In approximately four years’ time, all staff and personnel will be moving out of the Palace of Westminster when a major Restoration and Renewal Programme begins which will take many years to complete. Don’t miss this opportunity to visit this iconic building while we still can.
Our tour will focus on the exquisite craftsmanship of the architects, Augustus Pugin and Sir Charles Barry, and the artistry of William Dyce and Daniel Maclise RA whose frescoes and murals in the Queen’s Robing Room and the Royal Gallery, respectively, are outstanding works that must be seen in situ.
The tour begins at the top of the Royal Staircase in the Norman Porch, at the base of which is the Sovereign’s Entrance, used by the Queen whenever entering the Palace. We then follow the processional route used for the State Opening of Parliament, through the Robing Room, Royal Gallery and Prince’s Chamber before entering the majestic (and very golden) Lords’ Chamber itself. Along the way we will view wonderful frescoes, portraits, statues, thrones, furniture and fireplaces, all created by the finest British artists of their day.
The tour will take about 75 minutes and after the tour I have booked a room just off the historic Westminster Hall (built in 1099) for you to enjoy a glass of champagne and ‘nibbles’, have a sit down and a convivial chat with others in the group.
As I have organised several tours at the Palace of Westminster before, the Visitor Services team organise my tours for late in the afternoon, after the public tours have finished, which is much appreciated.
Image credit: Image courtesy of The Parliamentary Art Collection
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Meeting point: TBC with booking confirmation
Nearest tube station: Westminster