State Opening of Parliament tour and workshop

State Opening of Parliament tour and workshop

Age 5-7 (years 1-2) pupils discover why and how the three parts of Parliament come together during the state opening of Parliament.


Event Dates: Summer term

Ages: Age 5-7

About State Opening of Parliament

Please note that this is available to UK schools only

Summer term 2017

Age 5-7 -  English, History

Using costumes, props, storytelling and role play, discover why and how the three parts of Parliament come together on this special day. Then visit the Palace of Westminster and follow the procession routes taken by Black Rod, the Right Honorable Mr. Speaker, the Prime Minister and Her Majesty, Queen Elizabeth II.

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
  • 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 5-7 only (Year 1-2 England & Wales, P2-3 Northern Ireland and Primary 2-3 Scotland)

Duration: 2 hours and 15 minutes

Dates: Following Mondays - 24 April, 5 June, 12 June, 19 June, 10 July and 17 July 2017

Time: 11:15-13:30

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

Please ensure that you have the minimum adult:pupil ratio of 1:7 (ages 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.

How to Book

Bookings for State Opening of Parliament tours 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 general 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


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

Schools transport subsidy