How to visit Parliament
As well as being a 19th century architectural marvel, the Houses of Parliament (also known as the Palace of Westminster) is the centre of Government for the United Kingdom and is often cited as being the 'mother of all parliaments'.
Rebuilt in the iconic neogothic style, popular in the 19th century, the exteriors were designed by Charles Barry a renowned classical architect. He was aided by the gothic architect Augustus Pugin whose interiors have influenced many generations of designers. Westminster Hall, which was built in the 11th century and survived the fire of 1834, was incorporated in Barry's design, thereby staying in keeping with the original architectural theme.
The exterior of the Palace of Westminster including the Elizabeth Tower (which houses the bell known as 'Big Ben') and its setting on the bank of the River Thames is recognised worldwide, and is one of the most visited tourist attractions in London. The United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) classifies the Palace of Westminster, as a World Heritage Site.
I would like to extend an invitation to my constituents to visit the Houses of Parliament if you plan to visit London in the future. Constituents who visit Parliament will be taken on a tour of the parliamentary estate and will have an opportunity to learn about the history of the building and of our democracy.
If you would like to facilitate a tour of the parliamentary estate, please email firstname.lastname@example.org.