The UK Parliament has launched a new virtual tour of the historic interiors of the Palace of Westminster.
The virtual tour provides a closer 360° look around some of the most famous rooms in Parliament, including the medieval Westminster Hall and the iconic Commons and Lords debating Chambers.
Other highlights include St. Stephen’s Hall, where suffragettes chained themselves in protest in the early 20th century, and Central Lobby, the very heart of the building, where the public exercise their democratic rights by ‘lobbying’ MPs.
Accessing the tour in VR mode allows for an even more immersive experience using a virtual reality headset.
The 360° tour opens up this iconic building, enabling a worldwide audience to learn more about its fascinating history and present day use as a working building.
The virtual tour has been developed by Aardvark 360 and is also on Google Maps alongside other well-known buildings including Buckingham Palace and the White House.
Quotes about the virtual tour
John Bercow, Speaker of the House of Commons said:
“Parliament belongs to the people, so it is only right that everybody should get the chance to experience it. The virtual tour means that people from all over Britain and, indeed, all over the world can visit Parliament and learn about our democratic institutions.”
Lord Fowler, Speaker of the House of Lords said:
“The virtual tour offers users the unique ability to be instantly transported to locations of historical, national and political importance. Through this technology, Parliament is now open to anyone every day of the week and we welcome this opportunity for the public to feel more connected to the House of Lords and experience standing in the Chamber where so much important work takes place.”
Image credit: Central Lobby - UK Parliament / Catherine Bebbington