Crown and Parliament tour and workshop

Crown and Parliament tour and workshop

This visit for age 7-11 (years 3-6) pupils explores the changing relationship between the monarchy and UK Parliament over time.


Ages: Age 7-11

Event Dates: Summer term

About the Crown and Parliament tour and workshop

Please note that this visit is available to UK schools only

For summer term 2017

Age 7-11 only - History

(Year 3-6 England & Wales, P4-7 Northern Ireland and Primary 4-7 Scotland)

If you had lived in the time of King John, would you have had the same rights and representation you do now? Through events such as the signing of the Magna Carta, the English Civil War, the rebuilding of The Palace of Westminster and the modern day State Opening of Parliament, pupils explore how the relationship between the monarchy and UK Parliament has changed over time. 

This will support a study of an aspect or theme in British history that extends pupils’ chronological knowledge beyond 1066 i.e. the changing power of monarchs.

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 and/or House of Lords chambers
  • A visit to the Commons and/or Lords gallery to observe the MPs or Lords debating
  • Central Lobby, at the very heart of the Parliamentary Estate.
  • St. Stephen’s Hall, the home of the original House of Commons
  • Westminster Hall, the last remaining part of the original Palace

NB: For this programme, your school's constituency MP will be informed of your visit and they will be invited along to meet your students 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, P4-7 Northern Ireland and Primary 4-7 Scotland)

Duration: 2 hours and 15 minutes

Dates: Thursdays and Fridays only (except 1 and 2 June 2017)

Time: 11:30-13:45

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

Please ensure that you have the minimum adult:pupil ratio of 1:15 (ages 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 SEN - 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

The Crown 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.

You can check what availability we have left for spring term 2017 & summer term 2017bookings 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


Magna Carta: Stories from Parliament


Simon de Montfort: Stories from Parliament

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

Schools transport subsidy