The tour guide was very good and I really enjoyed hearing a detailed tour of Westminster Abbey. But we never saw the Houses of Parliament at all. It was completely confounding. Instead we went on a walking tour somewhere near them, but nothing at all. As such, this was little more than a tour of Westminster, which was excellent, but nothing to do with any discussion or tour of the famed Houses of Parliament, neither its architecture, exterior or an overview of the political and historical aspects of Britain's Parliament. So a mixed review....
Viator Tour of Westminster Abbey and Parliament on Monday, May 21
Excellent tour guide - very knowledgeable and interesting
However, the tour was scheduled for 9:15 but when we got there we were told Westminster Abbey was closed and the tour guide told us to come back at 12:15
Whether this was a mistake by Viator or a last-minute change by the Abbey, we suggest that you get cell phone numbers to advise customers of any changes by test, if possible.
Westminster Abbey was a spectacular sight with a vast and remarkable history that was very well explained by the tour guide. However the downside was the tour very nearly didn't happen, because our names were not on any of the tour guides lists when we arrived and inquired. Thankfully the tour guide allowed us to be included after much confusion. Additionally this was advertised as Westminster Abbey and Houses of Parliament, however Parliament was not open to tours, despite having been sold this way...disappointing
We loved this tour! The guide through Westminster Abbey was excellent and highly knowledgeable. She curated the stops so we saw the best and most interesting bits. Very interesting. Then she dropped us off at the Houses of Parliament where the tour switched to a self-guided audio tour, so you could buzz through or linger at your own pace. There was a nice break at our own pace before this second half. The HOP were very interesting and quite a nice special treat in that we got to walk right where the Lords and MPs walk, see and sit in their halls and chambers, all much more than I was expecting. Both halves of the tour were skip the line which is essential during the high season. Would highly recommend this package.