You Can Now Tour The Houses Of Parliament From Your Sofa

By Holly Brockwell on at

If you've always fancied having a leisurely look around the corridors of power without having to change out of your pyjamas or, you know, move, you'll love parliament's new innovation.

Its new 360° virtual tour of the Palace of Westminster includes the Central Lobby, the Members' Lobby, St. Stephen’s Hall, Westminster Hall, and the debating chambers of the Commons and Lords. Sadly without the requisite snoozing peer.

It's available on Google Maps Street View as part of a drive to get more landmark tours on the service, including Buckingham Palace and the White House. It's also available on Parliament's website, either to watch as a video or through a VR headset.

Speaker of the House of Commons John Bercow, who presumably doesn't need to do the tour as he's there every day, says:

“Parliament belongs to the people, so it is only right that everybody should get the chance to experience it. The virtual tour means that people from all over Britain and, indeed, all over the world can visit Parliament and learn about our democratic institutions.”

Meanwhile, Speaker of the House of Lords Norman Fowler said:

“The virtual tour offers users the unique ability to be instantly transported to locations of historical, national and political importance. Through this technology, Parliament is now open to anyone every day of the week and we welcome this opportunity for the public to feel more connected to the House of Lords and experience standing in the Chamber where so much important work takes place.”

If that's sparked your enthusiasm to go and see it all for real, here's how to book a tour.