This is a very famous landmark in London. As the name suggests, it is built only yards away from the famous Houses of Parliament, Westminster Abbey and Big Ben. It is also a tourist magnet in London and every year a number of tourists visit this place and take back loads of photographs.
The Parliament Square is extremely famous and is the center of a number of other landmarks in London too. It is situated in the City of Westminster. On its east is the Palace of Westminster which is also known as the Houses of Parliament. These buildings are open whilst the Parliament is in session and the public can actually witness the proceedings going on.
Big Ben, the world famous clock tower is on the northern end of the building. Tour to the building is restricted though. Only citizens of the United Kingdom can visit it and that too, only on advance request.
On the South lies the Westminster Abbey and is very famous in all of Britain. The church is open to everyone every day except Sundays. This serves as the burial ground for a number of people including actors, literary figures, scientists and British monarchs. Every Sunday, church services are held here.
There is the Westminster Bridge and the River Thames located only a few blocks away on the east. Near the bridge is the Westminster Millennium Pier. Here visitors can use cruises to go to the Hampton Court and the Tower of London. There is also the London Aquarium located across the bridge on the southern bank of the river that exhibits sea life not only from the country but the whole world. It is shut only during Christmas and is open during the rest of the year.
The Cabinet War Rooms and the Churchill Museum are both on the Northwestern side. These rooms are underground where the British war effort was directed by Sir Winston Churchill during the Second World War. It is open every day to the public. The rooms are just like they used to be when Churchill resided there and some of his personal belongings have also been preserved.
More attractions are the British Prime Minister’s residence at 10 Downing Street, the center of the British Government, Hyde Park and the Whitehall.
Parliament Square, Westminster, London
Palace of Westminster (Houses of Parliament)