State Opening of Parliament tour and workshop

State Opening of Parliament tour and workshop

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


Event Dates: Summer term

Key Stages: Key stage 1 - age 5-7

About State Opening of Parliament

Please note that this 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.

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

NB: For this programme, your school's constituency MP will be informed of your visit and they will be invited along to meet your students and answer their questions. This is subject to the MP’s availability in Westminster at the time of your visit.

Visiting times and information

Open to: UK pupils age 5-7 only (Year 1-2 England & Wales, P2-3 Northern Ireland and Primary 2-3 Scotland)

Duration: 2 hours and 15 minutes

Dates: Monday 18 April, 16 May, 20 June and 11 July

Time: 11:15-13:30

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

Please ensure that you have the minimum adult:pupil ratio of 1:7 (ages 5-7), for safe supervision around the estate.

Due to high demand for our programmes, we ask for a minimum group size of 5 pupils and no more than 2 accompanying adults.

However, we welcome pupils with SEN - please contact us to discuss your requirements.

How to Book

Bookings for State Opening of Parliament tours and workshops are taken through our telephone bookings days.

 We are currently booking for:

  • Summer term 2016 for visits between Monday 11 April-Wednesday 20 July 2016 (excluding Monday 2 May, Monday 9-Wednesday 11 May, Monday 16-Wednesday 18 May, Monday 23-Wednesday 25 May and Monday 30 May-Wednesday 8 June) are now fully booked
  • On the day please call 0207 219 4496.  Lines open at 8:30am. Requests will only be taken via telephone, not e-mail.

Please note that Parliament's Education Service programmes are extremely popular and fill up quickly.

Before calling us on bookings day, please read our information for bookings day

We have limited availability for bookings up to the end of spring term 2016 - please contact us on 0207 219 4496 or to discuss.

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


Realted teaching resources


The State Opening of Parliament in pictures

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

Schools transport subsidy