About the Crown and Parliament tour and workshop
Please note that this visit is available to UK schools only.
If you had lived in the time of King John, would you have had the same rights and representation you do now? Through events such as the signing of the Magna Carta, the English Civil War, the rebuilding of The Palace of Westminster and the modern day State Opening of Parliament, students explore how the relationship between the monarchy and UK Parliament has changed over time.
This will support a study of an aspect or theme in British history that extends pupils’ chronological knowledge beyond 1066 i.e. the changing power of monarchs.
Your school's constituency MP will be informed of your visit and they will be invited along to meet your pupils. The MP’s attendance is subject availability in Westminster at the time of your visit. Please note that during the Dissolution and General Election period in April and early May 2015, there will be no MPs in Parliament, so the Education Service will be unable to invite them to your visit if it falls during this time.
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
- A visit to the Commons and/or Lords gallery to observe the MPs or Lords debating
- Central Lobby, at the very heart of the Parliamentary Estate.
- St. Stephen’s Hall, the home of the original House of Commons
- Westminster Hall, the last remaining part of the original Palace
Visiting times and information
Open to: UK students, Key Stage 2 only
Places per session: 32 (to include students and teachers)
Dates: Fridays except 29 May 2015
Time: 11:00-13:15, 12:30-14:45
Duration: 2 hours and 15 minutes
How to book
Bookings are taken on our telephone bookings days.
Spring term for visits 5 January - 27 March 2015 (excluding 16-20 February 2015) is now fully booked.
Summer term 2015 for visits 13 April - 21 July 2015 (excluding 4 May, 18-20 May, 25 - 29 May and 1 - 3 June ) limited availability only
Our next bookings day is
Thursday 30 April 2015 for Autumn term - dates tbc
On the day, please call 020 7219 4496. Requests will only be taken via telephone, not email.
Before calling us on bookings day, please read our information for bookings day
Please note that Parliament's Education Service programmes are extremely popular and fill up quickly.
Information to help you plan a safe visit
Map of the Parliamentary estate
Tours with workshop FAQs