Campaigning and Parliament tour and workshop

Campaigning and Parliament tour and workshop

Find out how your voice and the democratic system affects politics and government.


About Campaigning and Parliament tour and workshops

Please note that this visit is available to UK schools only

Visits from summer term 2017

If you have a visit booked in spring 2017 (between January and March) and do not see the workshop name that you have requested. Don’t worry – just give our friendly Bookings Team a call on 020 72194496 and they will be able to answer any questions.

Following a tour of the Palace of Westminster, the workshop begins with an introduction to the levels at which the UK is governed. An interactive quiz which uses voting pod technology to encourage participation from all pupils, explores the responsibilities and decisions made at local, regional, national and European level.

Building on this context pupils explore ways the public can influence decision makers using an interactive game which encourages them to evaluate several common methods of campaigning as ways of getting their voices heard.

NB: Parliament is a working building and access to different parts of the Palace of Westminster, as part of your tour, will vary due to Parliamentary business.
Your visit might include:

  • The House of Commons or House of Lords chambers
  • A visit to the public gallery to observe the MPs or Lords working
  • Westminster Hall, the last remaining part of the original Palace
  • Central Lobby, at the very heart of the Parliamentary Estate

NB: For this programme your school's constituency MP will be informed of your visit and they will be invited along to meet your pupils and answer their questions. This is subject to the MP’s availability in Westminster at the time of your visit.

Visiting times and information

Open to: UK pupils age 7-11 only (Year 3-6 England & Wales, Y4-Y7 Northern Ireland and P3-P7 Scotland)

Duration: 2 hours and 15 minutes

Dates: Mondays-Fridays

First tours/workshops 9:30-11:45

Last tours/workshops 15:15-17:30

Running throughout the day every 30-45 minutes

Places per session: 32 (to include pupils and adults)

Please ensure that you have the minimum adult:pupil ratio of 1:15 (age 7-11), for safe supervision around the estate. 

Due to high demand for our programmes, we ask for a minimum group size of 5 pupils and no more than 2 accompanying adults. If you are booking for under 15 people in total (including adults), please be aware that we may combine your group with another of the same age in order to share to visit.

However, we welcome pupils with special educational needs - please contact us to discuss your requirements.

If you think your pupils may be anxious about their visit, you can go through the visit with them before the trip, in class, with our downloadable visit story.


How to book

Bookings for Campaigning and Parliament tour and workshops are taken through our telephone bookings days.

Parliament’s Education Service reserves the right to cancel visits at short notice due to changes in Parliamentary Business. On the rare occasions where this is necessary, we will offer to re-book your visit.


We advise that you note the booking line opening date for the term you're interested in:

You can check what availability we have left for Spring term 2017 & Summer term 2017 bookings on our Short Notice Bookings page and call us on 0207 219 4496. 

Please note that Parliament's Education Service programmes are extremely popular and fill up quickly.

Information on how to book for the Autumn term 2017 will be available in due course.




Information to help you plan a safe visit

Information to help you plan a safe visit


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Map of the Parliamentary estate

Map of the Parliamentary estate


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Tours with workshop FAQs

Tours with workshop FAQs


Related teaching resources


Votes for Women part 1: Stories from Parliament


An Introduction to Parliament KS2 video

State schools planning to visit Parliament may be eligible to have their travel costs subsidised under this scheme.