Not everyone gets a chance to visit the Palace of Westminster, a point that has been made by one or two visitors to this site. There are some virtual tours available on the Parliament website. Though second-best to an actual visit, some have the advantage of covering parts of the Palace not open to the public.
For anyone interested in seeing the Lords chamber and its environs, click on: http://www.parliament.uk/about/visiting/virtualtours/lords.cfm
If you would like to see the Library – something visitors do not get to see – then go to:
The Library is an important resource of the House (as it is in the Commons). When the Palace was being built, the importance of the Library to the work of each House was recognised by siting it close to the chamber. Each Library remains an important resource for members, having grown beyond a traditional library to encompass an important research facility.
There is also valuable educational material made available online by the Education Service. It is geared to different age groups within the 11-18 range and can be found on the re-designed Education Service website at: http://www.parliament.uk/education/
Finally, for those interested in parliamentary history, newsreel of the first televised State Opening of Parliament – in 1958 – is now available at: http://lifepeeragesact.parliament.uk/lifePeeragesAct/detail.php?id=164
It is very short but wonderfully evocative. It formed part of the exhibition earlier this year commemorating the passage of the Life Peerages Act 1958. It includes some shots of the new women life peers. The commentary is priceless.