Houses of Parliament & Household Cavalry Museum

Item Reference: HPCM01
Price from: 39.50

Your day starts with an opportunity to view the change of the Horse Guards.  You will then enter the Household Cavalry Museum followed by a guided walking tour along Whitehall. Free time for lunch and a tour of the Methodist Central Hall (we recommend the hall Cafe in the Central Hall.) In the afternoon we will enjoy an expert guided tour of the Houses of Parliament.
The Houses of Parliament
Your guide will take you along the Processional Route taken by the Sovereign on the annual State Opening of Parliament. You will visit the Chambers of both the House of Lords and the House of Commons. Included in the tour will be St Stephen's Hall, site of the original House of Commons and Westminster Hall, with its magnificent hammerbeam roof, scene of many important events - among them the trial of King Charles I and the  ‘Lying in State’ of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth the Queen Mother.
The Household Cavalry Museum
Situated on Horse Guards Parade between Trafalgar Square and Downing Street the Museum lies at the very heart of historic London in magnificent mid 18th century vaulted stables. Dazzling displays of uniforms, weaponry and prized exhibits present a celebration and history of the British Army’s Senior Regiments, the Life Guards and the Blues and Royals, who also perform the unique role of mounted bodyguard to Her Majesty The Queen on all State and Ceremonial occasions.  Multimedia and touch screen presentations provide fascinating information about all aspects of the daily duties of the troopers and their horses. Visitors can see troopers at work in the stables (through a large glazed partition) preparing for sentry duty and can even try on parts of the uniform.  An experience with something for everyone to enjoy along with the hourly sentry changes outside presenting colourful, traditional and uniquely British pageantry.
Walking Tour along Whitehall 
You pass the Banqueting House, The Welsh & Scottish Offices, Ministry of Defence, The Cenotaph, The Cabinet Office and Foreign & Commonwealth Offices, Downing Street and HM Treasury buildings. Your guide will provide information on all these landmark government buildings.
Methodist Central Hall
The Hall has played host to events of national and international importance: The Suffragettes who were campaigning for the vote for women met here in 1914. Mahatma Gandhi addressed the Temperance movement here in 1931. During the Second World War General de Gaulle announced the foundation of the Free French movement to the world here in 1940.  Perhaps most famously Methodist Central Hall was the chosen venue for the inaugural ‘General Assembly of the United Nations’ in 1946. Filming of the ‘Calendar Girls’ took place here too. If access is available, we will view Westminster Abbey from the roof. This is where television cameras are installed for state occasions.
 
Tours available on Saturday or when Parliament is not sitting.
 
Cost £39.50 includes;
Expert guided walking tour of Whitehall.
Entry & tour of Houses of Parliament & Cavalry Museum.
 
Not included Transport or Lunch.
 
Accessibility rating: Level walking 800m at any one time. Wheelhair access when pre-booked.

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