Visit Parliament

Two students taking part in a Visit Parliament education session.

A year-round programme of visits for students aged 7-18. Choose from a selection of themed workshops and tour the awe-inspiring Palace of Westminster.

About Visit Parliament

Visits begin with a tour of the Palace of Westminster, providing the context for learning about the work and role of Parliament. A choice of curriculum-focused workshops follows, including a question and answer session with your school's MP, subject to their availability at the time of your visit.

Palace of Westminster tour

Learn how Parliament works inside the amazing building where its business takes place. Tours will vary according to the time of your visit as access to the debating chambers and public viewing galleries is not always possible.

Choice of interactive workshops

All workshops are designed to support the teaching of the Citizenship curriculum, and build on the palace tour with more focused content. Each is differentiated for the appropriate key stage, makes use of interactive technology and culminates in a question and answer session with your school's MP (subject to their availability).

Choose one of the following workshops:

  • Elections and voting
    Younger students will make their own manifestos for an interactive election, while older learners will explore the world of different voting systems and voting behaviour.
  • Your voice
    Local, national and European responsibilities are the focus of this session. Crucially, it explores how people have effected change in this context and what students can do to make a difference on the issues that matter to them.
  • Making laws
    We all have to obey laws, but how are they made? Students will find out by following the process of a bill from the spark of an idea to the Queen putting pen to paper.

Useful visit preparation resources are available alongside our booking information.


Visiting times and information

Autumn 2011
Visit Parliament will run four times daily during the autumn term. All visits will last 2 hours 15 minutes.

9.30am - 11.45am
11.00am - 1.15pm
12.30pm - 2.45pm
2.00pm - 4.15pm

From January 2012
Visit Parliament will run at the following times from Monday to Thursday:

9.30am - 11:45am
9.45am - 12:00pm
10.00am - 12:15pm (Mondays only)
11.00am - 1:15pm
11.15am - 1:30pm
12.30pm - 2:45pm
12.45pm - 3:00pm
2.00pm - 4:15pm
2.15pm - 4:30pm

On Fridays, Visit Parliament will run at:

9.30am - 11:45am
9.45am - 12:00pm
10.00am - 12:15pm
11.00am - 1:15pm
11.15am - 1:30pm
11.30am - 1:45pm
12.30pm - 2:45pm
12.45pm - 3:00pm
1.00pm - 3:15pm

Due to the high demand for this service, palace tours will be cut short for late arriving groups.

We welcome pupils with special educational needs - please contact us to discuss your requirements.

How to book

Contact us to book your visit. All visits and resources are free of charge.

We advise that you note the booking line opening date for the term you're interested in. The Visit Parliament programme is extremely popular and fills up quickly. 

Booking and enquiries

Education Service
Houses of Parliament
London SW1A 2TT
020 7219 4496

Updates for teachers

Award-winning school visits

Our visit programmes are designed to support citizenship education, political literacy and the national curricula across England, Wales, Scotland and Northern Ireland.

Sandford Award for Heritage Education 2010