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)
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 bookings on our Short Notice Bookings page and call us on 0207 219 4496. This is for visits between 3 January - 31 March 2017 (excepting half term 13th February - 17th February).
We have extremely limited availability for summer term 2017 for visits between Tuesday 18 April to Friday 21 July 2017 (excepting the following dates: Mon 1-3 May, Mon 8-Wed 10 May, Mon 15-Wed 17 May, Mon 22-Wed 24 May and week of Mon 29 May to Fri 2 June).
Please call 020 7219 4496. Requests will only be taken via telephone, not e-mail. Please note that Parliament's Education Service programmes are extremely popular and fill up quickly.
Before calling us on bookings day, please read our information for bookings day.
Information to help you plan a safe visit
Map of the Parliamentary estate
Tours with workshop FAQs