Palace's interiors

The Robing Room

What is the purpose of the Robing room, and what are the room's unique features?

The Royal Gallery

The Royal Gallery is used for important occasions such as state receptions and parliamentary ceremonies. Find out more about the distinctive furnishings of this room

The Lords Chamber

Read about the Lords Chamber, one of the most spectacular rooms in the Palace of Westminster

Central Lobby

Why was the Central Lobby built? Find out more about the spectacular heart of Parliament

The Members' Lobby and Churchill arch

What is the purpose of the Members' Lobby? And why is the arch leading into the Commons Chamber known as the Churchill arch?

The Commons Chamber

Why does the Commons Chamber look comparatively austere to that of the Lords? Learn more about the present Chamber

The Speaker's Chair

What happened to the Speaker's Chair when the Commons Chamber was destroyed by bombs in 1941?

St Stephen's Hall

What does St Stephen's Hall contain? Find out more about the present incarnation of the building that was once the first permanent home of the House of Commons

The cloisters

What are the cloisters to St Stephen's Chapel and who uses them today?

Statues in the Palace

What statues do the Palace of Westminster contain? Why did they pose a problem to its architect?

Works of art in the Palace

Learn more about the stunning paintings in the Palace of Westminster, and the rich history they portray

Also within Living Heritage

Key Dates, 1834 to the Present Day: Need a quick overview? Find out about the events that shaped the development of the Palace of Westminster.

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