Chance's Story: The Rebuilding of Parliament KS1

Chance's Story: The Rebuilding of Parliament KS1

Pupils aged 5-7 (years 1 and 2) discover how the fire of 1834 led to the rebuilding of Parliament.


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

Please note that this visit is available to UK schools only

Age 5-7 History, English, Art & Design

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's constituency MP of your visit and invite them along to meet your pupils.  This will be subject to the MP’s availability in Westminster at the time of your visit.

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:

  • The House of Commons and/or House of Lords chambers
  • Lower Waiting, to see the statue of Charles Barry and Augustus Welby Pugin’s Tudor rose
  • Central Lobby, at the ‘heart’ of the Houses of Parliament
  • St. Stephen’s Hall, the home of the original House of Commons
  • 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 pupils 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: Mondays-Fridays - for details, see How to Book info below   

First tours/workshops 9:30-11:45

Last tours/workshops 15:15-17:30

Running throughout the day every 30-45 minutes

Places per session: 32

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

Tour and Workshop Visit Story

Teachers' Notes for Tour and Workshop Visit Story


How to book

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 availability we have on our Short Notice Bookings  page.


Information to help you plan a safe visit

Information to help you plan a safe visit


pdf file - 200 KB

Map of the Parliamentary estate

Map of the Parliamentary estate


pdf file - 449 KB

Tours with workshop FAQs

Tours with workshop FAQs


Related teaching resources


The Fire of 1834: Stories from Parliament


Find out about Parliament: Asking Questions


Find out about Parliament: What does Representing mean?


Find out about Parliament: Voting

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

Schools transport subsidy