The family version of the Houses of Parliament audio tour is proving popular with visitors due to the engaging commentary presented in the style of a 'live' news broadcast.
Throughout this one hour journey around the House of Lords, House of Commons and medieval Westminster Hall, join time-travelling reporters who are ‘at the scene’ of many of the stories associated with Parliament. Produced with children aged 7 to 12 in mind, the family audio tour is entertaining for accompanying adults too.
During the Easter 2015 school holidays, family audio tours are available Monday to Saturday from 28 March (except 31 March, 3 and 6 April). In addition, on Wednesday 1 April and Wednesday 8 April, members of Parliament’s Visitor Services team will be running a number of family friendly activities between 2pm and 4pm. These include a Parliamentary picture quiz and the chance to create a political party.
Recently, Rebecca from Kids in Museums and her children Jonathan (aged 12) and Natalie (aged 10) took a family audio tour of Parliament. Jonathan recalled: “Some rituals seem a bit odd, like the fact that when the official named Black Rod knocks on the door of the Commons Chamber to summon MPs to the Queen’s Speech, the door is slammed in his face. However, the reason for this goes back to the times of Charles I, when the King entered and tried to arrest five MPs.”
Audio tour tickets can be purchased online, by calling +44 (0)20 7219 4114 or in person from the Ticket Office at the front of Portcullis House on Victoria Embankment. Tickets are £18 (adults) and £15.50 (concessions). One child (under 16) goes free with each paying adult, additional children £7.20 each.
There is no additional charge or need to pre-book for the family friendly activities which are open to audio tour and guided tour ticket holders only. Just go to the Jubilee Room off Westminster Hall before or after the tour.