Journey to Democracy tour and workshop
Please note that this visit is available to UK schools only
This programme starts with a tour of the Palace of Westminster. 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.
Age 7-11: Years 3-6 (England and Wales) Y4-Y7 (Northern Ireland) P3-P7 (Scotland)
Beginning 850 years ago, students will explore how Britain went from being an absolute monarchy to a modern-day democracy.
The pupils will explore this through four key figures: King John, Oliver Cromwell, David Lloyd George and Theresa May. They will investigate historical artefacts and clues, using these to solve questions about who had the power to make laws and how laws have changed over time.
By the end of the workshop students will appreciate the importance of democracy and understand how everyone, including themselves, can now have their say in how the country is run, whether through campaigning or through voting in elections.
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.
How to book
Open to: UK pupils only up to a group size of 32, including adults and students.
Parliament's Education Team 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 on our Short Notice Bookings page.
Have a look at our school visit FAQs for more information.
We welcome visits from groups with SEND, including groups from Pupil Referral Units. Please contact our team to discuss your specific requirements and adaptations you may need. We also have an SEND Quiet Day once a term for SEND school groups. Parliament has a hoist toilet, please let us know in advance if you would require access to this.
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.
Information to help you plan a safe visit
Map of the Parliamentary estate
Tours with workshop FAQs