House of Lords

sights / Architecture

House of Lords information

Location
London
Address
Parliament Sq
SW1
Getting there
Tube: Westminster
More information
www.parliament.uk/business/lords
Opening hours
2.30-10pm Mon & Tue, 3-10pm Wed, 11am-7.30pm Thu, 10am-close of session Fri
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Both the House of Commons and the House of Lords sit in the sumptuous Palace of Westminster, a neo-Gothic confection dating from the mid-19th century. The House of Lords can be visited via the ‘Strangers’ Gallery’. The intricate Gothic interior led its architect, Pugin (1812–52), to an early death from overwork.

The House of Lords contains Lords Spiritual, linked with the established church, and Lords Temporal, who are both appointed and hereditary.