Fire, Fire: The Rebuilding of Parliament tour and workshop

Fire, Fire: The Rebuilding of Parliament tour and workshop

KS1 students discover how the great fire of 1834 led to the rebuilding of Parliament.


Event Dates: Spring term, Summer term

Key Stages: Key stage 1 - age 5-7

About Fire, Fire: The Rebuilding of Parliament tour and workshop

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

KS1 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. 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
  • 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

Visiting times and information

Open to: UK students, Key Stage 1 only

Places per session: 32 (to include students and teachers)

Dates: One Tuesday per month : 14 April, 12 May, 16 June, 14 July 2015

Times: 11:00-13:15, 12.30-14.45

Duration: 2 hours and 15 minutes (to include comfort breaks)

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 ) only limited availability

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

Information to help you plan a safe visit


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Map of the Parliamentary estate

Map of the Parliamentary estate


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Tours with workshop FAQs

Tours with workshop FAQs


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Related teaching resources


The fire of 1834: Stories from Parliament

KS2-5, Citizenship

Schools transport subsidy

Groups of young people making Education Visits to Parliament from UK constituencies may be eligible for a transport subsidy

Schools transport subsidy