About the Story of Parliament tour
Please note that this visit is available to UK schools only
The tour starts with a 15 minute 360 degree high production film taking you through key events in the changing history of UK Parliament.
The group will then explore the Palace of Westminster, learning about the work of Parliament today.
The tour will give visitors the opportunity to reflect on what UK Parliament of the future might look like and their relationship to that change.
Please note: This film contains some loud sounds and flashing images.
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:
• Norman Porch, the Robing Room and/or The Royal Gallery
• The House of Commons and/or House of Lords chambers
• 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: We will notify your school's constituency MP that you are coming to Parliament, but we do not arrange any meeting for this particular programme
Visiting times and information
Open to: UK pupils age 7-18
Duration: 1 hour and 30 minutes
Dates: Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Fridays for details, see How to Book info below
Tuesdays and Wednesdays at 09:15-10:45, 10:15-11:45 and 11:00-12:30
Fridays: 09:15-10:45, 10:15-11:45, 11:15-12:45, 12:15-13:45 and 14:15-15:45
Exceptions - running Thursday 1 and Friday 2 June 2017 at the following times: 09:30-11:00, 10:15-11:45, 11:00-12:30, 11:45-13:15, 12:30-14:00, 13:15-14:45, 14:00-15:30, 14:45-16:15, 15:30-17:00, 16:15-17:45
Places per session: 32 (to include pupils and adults)
Please ensure that you have the minimum adult: pupil ratio of 1:15 for (age 7-18), 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.
How to book
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 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
The booking process for the autumn term has now closed. We are currently sorting and allocating tours and your school will be notified in due course whether you have secured a booking or not. We reserve the right to prioritise certain requests to guarantee a proportionate geographic and demographic split of visitors.
Any slots not booked up for the autumn term 2017 will be put on our short notice bookings page. Please call 0207 219 4496 to book.
Map of the Parliamentary estate
Information to help you plan a safe visit