Westminster Hall Open Afternoon on Monday 22 May 2017

Hammer-beam roof detail
18 May 2017

Between 2pm and 5pm on Monday 22 May, Westminster Hall is open for visitors to come and discover more about this famous medieval hall and the work currently taking place to conserve its 600 year old hammer-beam roof.

The Open Afternoon is free of charge and no advanced booking is required. Entry is via Cromwell Green where tickets will be issued. Visitors are advised to allow 15 minutes to pass through the airport style security. Last entry is at 4.30pm.

Throughout the afternoon meet the friendly Visitor Assistant guides who can answer questions on the workings of the Houses of Parliament and the history of the building.

Visitors are also welcome to take photos in Westminster Hall and attend any of the following 30 minute talks:

  • 2.30pm: What happens at Question Time in the House of Commons
  • 3pm: The work of the House of Lords
  • 3.30pm: The development of Parliament from the Norman Conquest (1066) to the Bill of Rights (1689)
  • 4pm: The history of the Palace of Westminster
  • 4.30pm: From the Great Reform Act to the Suffragettes

Monday 22 May is the final day to register to vote in the UK General Election. Visitors are invited to use the iPads in Westminster Hall to register to vote if they had not yet had the opportunity.

Just off Westminster Hall, the Jubilee Café offers a selection of light snacks and hot and cold drinks and The Jubilee Shop stocks an attractive range of exclusive gifts and souvenirs.

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 Image: Roof detail in Westminster Hall

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