Architecture of the Palace

One of the most recognised buildings in the world, the Palace of Westminster owes its stunning Gothic architecture to the 19th-century architect Sir Charles Barry. Now Grade I listed, and part of an UNESCO World Heritage Site, the Palace contains a fascinating mixture of both ancient and modern buildings, and houses an iconic collection of furnishings, archives and works of art. Find out more about the history and features of this magnificent building.

The Palace's structure

Discover more about how the current Palace came to be built by Charles Barry with an amazing gothic design which symbolised the Victorian age.

Palace's interiors

Explore the inside of the Palace, designed with spectacular fixtures and fittings by the eccentric A.W.N. Pugin, and containing a rich collection of works of art

Key dates

Key dates

Find out more about the important moments in the history of the Palace of Westminster, from its destruction in the 1834 fire to the present day

Palace today

The Palace today

What does the Palace of Westminster contain today? Find out more about the layout and features of the present building

Further your research

Further your research

Reference material for in depth research on the architecture of the Palace of Westminster

Also within Living Heritage

Related information

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