The history of the Houses of Parliament spans over 900 years from the Anglo-Saxons to the present
The early history of the Palace of Westminster from the 11th century to the fire of 1834
Read about the current Palace of Westminster as designed by architect Sir Charles Barry
The name Big Ben is often used to describe the tower, the clock and the bell but the name was first given to the Great Bell which was first struck on the 7 September 1859
Westminster Hall is the oldest building on the Parliamentary estate. It has played a central role in 900 years of British history, with the major institutions of the British state having grown up directly around it
Explore the Parliamentary Art Collection that is displayed throughout the buildings of the Parliamentary Estate.