Fire, Fire: The Rebuilding of Parliament tour and workshop

Fire, Fire: The Rebuilding of Parliament tour and workshop

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

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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.

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

NB: For this programme, your school's constituency MP will be informed of your visit and they will be invited along to meet your pupils 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: Mondays-Fridays 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).

Time:
First tours/workshops 9:30-11:45

Last tours/workshops 15:15-17:30

Running throughout the day every 30-45 minutes

Places per session: 32

Please ensure that you have the minimum adult:pupil ratio of 1:7 (age 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 Fire Fire workshops and tours are taken through our telephone bookings days.

We advise that you note the booking line opening date for the term you're interested in:

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 education@parliament.uk 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

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Related teaching resources

KS2-3, VIDEO, LESSON & ASSEMBLY PLAN

The fire of 1834: Stories from Parliament

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

Schools transport subsidy