Chance's Story: The Rebuilding of Parliament tour and workshop

Chance's Story: The Rebuilding of Parliament tour and workshop

Your 5-7 year olds will discover how the fire of 1834 led to the rebuilding of UK Parliament.


Event Dates: Spring term

Ages: Age 5-7

About Chance's Story: The Rebuilding of Parliament 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.

Chance the dog, mascot of the fire brigade, tells the story of the night in 1834 when the Palace of Westminster was destroyed by fire. Discover who won the competition to design and rebuild the new Houses of Parliament, explore this iconic building and its decorative interior and be inspired to create your own Parliament tile design.

We will inform your school or group's constituency MP of your visit and invite them along to meet your children. This will be 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.