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
Map of the Parliamentary estate
Tours with workshop FAQs