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Visiting London's Palace of Westminster

Learn about the things you'll see on a tour of Westminster in this Howcast travel video.


The amazing Gothic architecture of the Palace of Westminster has seen a lot of change over the years. But it isn’t just a historical building; it’s still in use today, since it’s where the Houses of Parliament are. If you happen to visit while parliament is in session, you can watch the debates and see history in progress. When it isn’t in session, take a tour of the palace instead. There are lots of important historical records, and even more stunning architecture to admire. You’ll even get to see the Great Clock and Big Ben, the bell inside the Elizabeth Tower–contrary to popular belief, Big Ben isn’t the name of tower itself. If you time your visit right, you’ll get to hear Big Ben ring the hour. Next door to the Palace is the giant, beautiful Gothic church Westminster Abbey, where each of England’s monarchs has been coronated since 1066. When you’re done exploring the church, check out the graveyard. England’s royalty and many other famous English historical figures have been buried in the Westminster Abbey graveyard for centuries. No matter what part of English history you’re most interested in, Westminster is full of attractions you can’t afford to miss while you’re in London.

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