History of the Parliamentary estate

The Palace of Westminster, more commonly known as the Houses of Parliament, looks very different from the medieval palace which once stood here. What happened to these old medieval buildings?

Key dates

Key dates

Discover the key dates in the history of the ancient Palace of Westminster

Contemporary Context

Contemporary Context

Find out more about the sections of the ancient Palace of Westminster which survive today

Further your research

Further your research

The ancient Palace of Westminster has a fascinating history. Find the best books and other sources to help you learn more

Also within Living Heritage

Westminster Hall is the oldest building in Parliament and virtually the only part of the ancient Palace of Westminster which survives in almost its original form. Find out more about its long history

The present-day Palace of Westminster was constructed after the Great Fire of 1834. Find out more about its architecture and interiors

Related Information

Explore the Parliamentary Art Collection that is displayed throughout the buildings of the Parliamentary Estate.