Story of Parliament film and tour

Story of Parliament film and tour

Enjoy an exciting, 360 degree, 15 minute film introducing historic parliamentary events followed by a tour of the Houses of Parliament


About the Story of Parliament tour

Please note that this visit is available to UK schools only

The tour starts with a 15 minute 360 degree high production film taking you through key events in the changing history of UK Parliament.

The group will then explore the Palace of Westminster, learning about the work of Parliament today.

The tour will give visitors the opportunity to reflect on what UK Parliament of the future might look like and their relationship to that change.

Please note: This film contains some loud sounds and flashing images.

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:
• Norman Porch, the Robing Room and/or The Royal Gallery
• The House of Commons and/or House of Lords chambers
• 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: We will notify your school's constituency MP that you are coming to Parliament, but we do not arrange any meeting for this particular programme

Visiting times and information

Open to: UK pupils age 7-18

Duration: 1 hour and 30 minutes

Dates: Mondays, Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Fridays for details, see How to Book info below

Mondays, Tuesdays and Wednesdays at 09:15-10:45, 10:15-11:45 and 11:00-12:30
Fridays: 09:15-10:45, 10:15-11:45, 11:15-12:45, 12:15-13:45 and 14:15-15:45


Places per session: 32 (to include pupils and adults)

Please ensure that you have the minimum adult: pupil ratio of 1:15 for (age 7-18), 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 special educational needs - please contact us to discuss your requirements.

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.


Map of the Parliamentary estate

Map of the Parliamentary estate


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School tour FAQs

School tour FAQs


Information to help you plan a safe visit

Information to help you plan a safe visit


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Related teaching resources


Discover the UK Parliament, 7-11 booklet


Online Tour of Parliament

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