About Chance's Story: The Rebuilding of Parliament tour and workshop
Please note that this visit is available to UK schools only
Age 5-7 History, English, Art & Design
Chance the dog, mascot of the fire brigade, tells the story of the night in 1834 when the Palace of Westminster was destroyed by fire. Discover who won the competition to design and rebuild the new Houses of Parliament, explore this iconic building and its decorative interior and be inspired to create your own Parliament tile design.
We will inform your school's constituency MP of your visit and invite them along to meet your pupils. This will be subject to the MP’s availability in Westminster at the time of your visit.
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
Lower Waiting, to see the statue of Charles Barry and Augustus Welby Pugin’s Tudor rose
Central Lobby, at the ‘heart’ of the Houses of Parliament
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 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 5-7 only (Year 1-2 England & Wales, P2-3 Northern Ireland and Primary 2-3 Scotland)
Duration: 2 hours and 15 minutes
Dates: Mondays-Fridays - for details, see How to Book info below
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
Please ensure that you have the minimum adult:pupil ratio of 1:7 (age 5-7), 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.
Tour and Workshop Visit Story
Teachers' Notes for Tour and Workshop Visit Story
How to book
Bookings for Chance's Story 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 bookings on our Short Notice Bookings page and call us on 0207 219 4496. For visits between 3 January 2017 - 31 March 2017.
We have extremely limited availability for Summer term 2017 for visits between 18 April and 21 July 2017 (excepting the following dates: Mon 1-Wed 3 May, Mon 8-Wed 10 May, Mon 15-Wed 17 May, Mon 22-Wed 24 May and the week commencing 29 May).
Bookings day for autumn term is Friday 28 April 2017. 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