Journey to Democracy tour and workshop

Journey to Democracy tour and workshop

7-11 year olds will explore how Britain went from being an absolute monarchy to a modern-day democracy.

Journey to Democracy tour and workshop

Please note that this visit is available to UK schools and groups 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. 

Pupils will explore this through four key figures: King John, William and Mary of Orange, 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 pupils 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.

All visits

For this programme, your school or group'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

Autumn term 2019

Online Bookings are now closed and the team will be busy allocating visits from 8 May 2019. This usually takes between 2-4 weeks to complete. Please note that we do not operate on a first come first served basis and all applications will be randomised before allocation begins.

Additional dates in the summer term 2019 can be found on our short notice visits page.

Open to: UK children only up to a group size of 36, including adults and students.

Before you visit

Visit our school and group visit information page to find out all you need to know before visiting the UK Parliament.


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.