State Opening of Parliament workshop and tour

State Opening of Parliament workshop and tour

KS1 students discover why and how the three parts of Parliament come together during the state opening of Parliament.


Event Dates: Spring term, Summer term

Key Stages: Key stage 1 - age 5-7

About State Opening of Parliament

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

KS1 English, History


Using costumes, props, storytelling and role play, discover why and how the three parts of Parliament come together on this special day. Then visit the Palace of Westminster and follow the procession routes taken by Black Rod, the Right Honorable Mr. Speaker, the Prime Minister and Her Majesty, Queen Elizabeth II.

Your school's constituency MP will be informed of your visit and they will be invited 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:

  • Norman Porch, the Robing Room and/or The Royal Gallery
  • The House of Commons and/or House of Lords chambers
  • Central Lobby, at the ‘heart’ of the Houses of Parliament
  • 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 pupils and teachers)

Dates: Selected Mondays 

13 April, 27 April, 11 May, 15 June, 29 June, 13 July

Time: 10:30 - 12:45

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

The next bookings day/time 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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Realted teaching resources


The State Opening of Parliament in pictures

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