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Westminster HallLondon
Parliament Square
Westminster,
London SW1A 0AA
TfL Fare Zone 1
 
 
 
One of the few surviving parts of the Medieval Palace of Westminster is Westminster Hall, built in 1097. The Hall is now used for official ceremonies and the lying-in-state of monarchs and their consorts prior to State Funerals.
 
The last consort to lie-in-state was Queen Elizabeth the Queen Mother in 2002. Very occasionally a great statesman such as Sir Winston Churchill is accorded this honour.
 
Wooden Hammerbeam Roof
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The Hall is one of the largest halls in Europe and its wooden hammerbeam roof is the largest medieval clear-span roof in England. The roof was constructed in sections in 1395 at Farnham in Surrey. The jointed sections were transported the 37 miles (60 km) to London in many wagons and barges for assembly at Westminster.
 
The Hall was originally housed the High Court of Justice until the mid 19th century and was the venue for the trial of King Charles I who was sentenced to be beheaded following the English Civil War. It was also the traditional venue from the 12th century for the Coronation Banquet until the 19th century when King William IV abandoned the tradition as being too expensive.
 
In the 20th century the Hall has been used by the Members of the Parliament to present ‘Addresses to the Crown’ on very important public occasions.
 
Contact & Further Information
 
Virtual Tour
As Westminster Hall is 'off limits' to most visitors, possibly the best that is available is a virtual tour. Go to the following weblink:
 
Getting There
To find the best way for getting to Westminster Hall, visit the TfL Journey Planner.
 
- By Underground
Westminster Station    Circle, District & Jubilee Lines
 
- By Bus
Many buses pass Westminster Hall. A list of these buses is on the website of the Palace of Westminster - UK Parliament Map & Transport.
 
- By Open Top Tour Bus
Do not forget that Visitors can use their ‘Open Top’ sightseeing bus ticket to travel to 10 Downing Street and visit Horse Guards, The Banqueting House and the Houses of Parliament and Big Ben precinct.
 
Google Maps - Westminster Hall