Introduction to Parliament

Introduction to Parliament

The tour of the Houses of Parliament is followed by a 30 minute interactive quiz about the three parts of Parliament.

About the introduction to Parliament session

Please note that this visit is available to UK schools only.

The visit begins with an awe-inspiring tour of the Palace of Westminster. This introduces the concepts of democracy and representation along with the essential vocabulary students will need to talk about Parliament.

Because the Palace is the home of our working Parliament we cannot always show you everything.

Your visit might include:

  • The House of Commons or House of Lords chambers
  • A visit to the public gallery to observe the MPs or Lords working
  • Westminster Hall, the last remaining part of the original Palace
  • Central Lobby, at the very heart of the Parliamentary Estate.

After the tour the action moves to the Grand Committee Room where students will participate in an interactive quiz about the three parts of Parliament. This plenary session will last 30 minutes.

Once booked 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.

Open to: UK students from Key Stage 2 to 5

Places per session: 25 (to include students and teachers)

Dates: Monday 5 January, Monday 12 January and Monday 9 March 2015

Times :

09:00 - 10:45
09:45 - 11:30
10:30 - 12:15

NB These times will be dependent on other programmes running.

Duration: 1 hour and 45 minutes


 Our adult / pupil ratio for this programme is 1 adult for every 19 pupils. Our minimum group size is 5 children and  no more than 2 accompanying adults.

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

How to book

Bookings for our school tours of Parliament are booked through our telephone bookings days. We advise that you note the booking line opening date for the term you're interested in:

Spring term for visits 5 January - 27 March 2015 is now fully booked (NB : Education programmes will not run 16-20 February 2015)

There will be no Introduction to Parliament sessions running in the summer term 2015, as the Education Service will be running other programmes in their place.

Map of the Parliamentary estate

Map of the Parliamentary estate


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School tour FAQs

School tour FAQs


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Information to help you plan a safe visit

Information to help you plan a safe visit


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

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