On Friday 23 July 2010, the Houses of Parliament took part in Discovering Places and ran a series of short tours. The short tours were designed to show visitors something new or unexpected about Parliament:
- The Crypt Chapel of St Mary Undercroft – a hidden chapel beneath Westminster Hall, built in 1297 and restored in the late nineteenth century
- Victoria Tower – the home of Parliamentary Archives, which holds records dating back to 1497, including important documents such as the death warrant for Charles I
- Contemporary Portraits Collection in Portcullis House – where portraits of recent Prime Ministers and significant parliamentarians are on display
- Westminster Hall – the oldest surviving part of the original Palace of Westminster, which has been closely linked to the life of the nation since the 11th century.
Discovering Places is a UK-wide event, and part of the Cultural Olympiad’s Open Weekend. It gives everyone the opportunity to discover, explore, be inspired by historic and contemporary buildings, public spaces and natural places in and around the cities, towns and villages where they live and work.