What is the maximum number of students I can bring?
Key stage 5 group visits have a published capacity which must include one member of staff per nineteen students. If you would like to bring more students than a timeslot can accommodate you will need to book multiple timeslots and bring at least one adult per nineteen students in each of them.
What is the minimum number per group?
The minimum group size is 5 students plus no more than 2 accompanying adults. Groups which do not fill the full capacity of a timeslot will, wherever possible, be combined with another small group in the same session in order to maximise use of places available.
What ages do you cater for?
Bookings are open to school Years 12 and 13, ages 16-18. Unfortunately, we cannot offer places to groups older than Year 13 because of the limited number of places available which are always over-subscribed.
Can we bring a group of university/PGCE/adult students?
University and adult groups should contact our Parliamentary Outreach team on 020 7219 1650 or your local MP who can apply for a tour permit. Find the name of your local MP. Citizenship PGCE students should contact the Education Outreach team
What happens if we are late?
Please telephone our bookings line as soon as possible on 020 7219 4496 and indicate when you expect to arrive. The visit will still finish at the published time but we will adapt the programme to include as much as possible within the time slot. Unfortunately, we are unable to be flexible with end times due to the popularity of the programme.
Can we eat our lunch in Parliament?
We do not have the facilities for students to eat their lunches. The Palace of Westminster is a UNESCO World Heritage Site and a working building; we do not have the flexibility other visitor attractions may have to take over space for this purpose. If the weather allows you may wish to eat lunch in nearby St James’ Park. Alternatively, there are a range of cafes and restaurants nearby and a cafeteria in Westminster Hall where lunch can be purchased.
Is there parking available?
There are drop off points immediately outside Portcullis House and alongside the Palace of Westminster near Victoria Tower Gardens. We are unable to provide parking spaces for vehicles anywhere on the Parliamentary Estate for reasons of security. There is an underground car park at Abingdon Green, opposite the Victoria Tower, but it does not take coaches due to height restrictions. Details of available coach parking in central London can be found on the Transport for London website
Is there provision for groups with special educational needs?
We welcome visits from groups with SEN. Please contact our team to discuss your specific requirements.
Is the Palace of Westminster accessible to wheelchair users?
Yes it is although at some points along the tour an alternative route is taken. Please let us know of any wheelchair users or mobility needs in advance of the visit so that we can ensure a smooth running visit. There are appropriate toilet facilities for wheelchair users in all buildings and along the visitor route.
Do we need to contact our MP in advance?
We do not invite your local MP to meet with you as part of this experience. You may wish to contact your MP’s office to let them know you are visiting Parliament. However, please be aware that any arrangements you make to meet fall strictly outside the Education Programme and we are unable to accommodate meetings within the timescales of your visit. Please let us know if you do arrange to meet with your MP after your programme has concluded, as we may have to make special security arrangements.
Can we take photographs?
It may be possible for teachers to take photographs on certain parts of the visit. Please check with your guide on arrival.
Do you have information to help us to prepare in advance for our visit?
Visit the Teach section of Parliament's Education Service website for lesson plans, videos, games and printed resources.