Aardvark 360 takes you on an immersive tour inside the Houses of Parliament

If you’ve ever wanted to wander round the historic interiors of the Palace of Westminster you’ll now be able to in 360-degrees. The UK Parliament has launched a new immersive tour which is now available via its website.

Guided tours of Parliament have been available for a number of years but now you don’t even need to travel to London. You’ll be able to take a closer look at some of the most famous rooms in Parliament, including the medieval Westminster Hall and the iconic Commons and Lords debating Chambers. Also included is St. Stephen’s Hall, where suffragettes chained themselves in protest in the early 20th century, and Central Lobby, where the public exercise their democratic rights by ‘lobbying’ MPs.

Lords Chamber - UK Parliament - Catherine Bebbington
Image Credit: Catherine Bebbington

John Bercow, Speaker of the House of Commons said in a statement: “Parliament belongs to the people, so it is only right that everybody should get the chance to experience it. The virtual tour means that people from all over Britain and, indeed, all over the world can visit Parliament and learn about our democratic institutions.”

“The virtual tour offers users the unique ability to be instantly transported to locations of historical, national and political importance. Through this technology, Parliament is now open to anyone every day of the week and we welcome this opportunity for the public to feel more connected to the House of Lords and experience standing in the Chamber where so much important work takes place,” commented Lord Fowler, Speaker of the House of Lords.

Developed by Aardvark 360, the tour is accessible either via PC or mobile device and can be used with head-mounted displays (HMDs). It’ll also become part of Google Maps alongside similar experiences for other well-known landmarks, including Buckingham Palace and the White House.

Checkout the 360-degree tour sample below, and for any further updates from Aardvark 360, keep reading VRFocus.