Adventurer's Tour of Parliament

Adventurer's Tour of Parliament

KS2 pupils explore the Palace of Westminster to find out how UK democracy has been shaped over time. They will discover how issues in Parliament are debated and how the public can get their voices' heard.




About the Adventurer’s Tour

Please note that this visit is available to UK schools only

KS2 History, English

Explore the Palace of Westminster to find out how UK democracy has been shaped over time. Pupils will be set a secret mission to answer questions about how it all began, how issues in Parliament are debated and how the public can get their voices’ heard.

This mission is secret, so please tell your class as little as possible - all will be revealed on the day!

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
  • St. Stephen’s Hall, the home of the original House of Commons
  • Westminster Hall, the last remaining part of the original Palace

NB: We will notify your school's constituency MP that you are coming to Parliament, but we do not arrange any meeting for this particular programme.

Visiting times and information

Open to: UK pupils, age 7-11 only (Year 3-6 England & Wales, P4-7 Northern Ireland and Primary 4-7 Scotland)

Duration: 1 hour and 30 minutes

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

Dates:  Every Monday between Monday 11 April-Monday 18 July 2016 (excluding Monday 2 May, Monday 9 May, Monday 16 May, Monday 23 May and Monday 30 May).

9:15-10:45, 10:15-11:45 and 11:00-12:30

Please ensure that you have the minimum adult:pupil ratio of 1:15 (age 7-11), 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 special educational needs - please contact us to discuss your requirements.

How to book

Bookings for Adventurer’s Tours 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 020 7219 4496. Lines open at 8:30am. 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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School Tour FAQS

School Tour FAQS

KS2-3: Journey to Democracy Timeline Houses of History - Whiteboard Resource, Worksheet: History: Topics the emergence of Parliament, introduction to Parliament


Primary debating resource


Magna Carta: Stories from Parliament


The Campaign Trail game

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

Schools transport subsidy