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"Palace of Westminster" Houses of Parliament - Palace of Westminster Tip by Blatherwick

  Palace of Westminster
by Blatherwick

The Palace of Westminster is where the government of the United Kingdom sits. You can go to the House of Commons and listen to the elected officials moan and bicker at each other. You can also go to the House of Lords, the upper non-elected narcolepsy telethon.

The palace was originally built in the eleventh century by Edward the Confessor. On the night of the 16th of October, 1834 the old Palace of Westminster was destroyed by fire. Following the destruction of the buildings, a competition was launched for design suitable for the new Palace. This new building was completed in 1840. It incorporated a neogothic style and included the famous clock tower with the Big Ben bell.

Address: Parliament Square, SW1
Directions: Westminster tube
Phone: +44 20 7219 3000

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  • Updated Dec 8, 2004
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