Making Laws tour and workshop

Making Laws tour and workshop
A workshop and tour of the Houses of Parliament focusing on how laws are made.

About making law tour and workshop

Please note that this visit is available to UK schools only

Following a tour of the Palace of Westminster, the workshop looks at how Parliament makes laws, beginning with an interactive quiz which using voting pod technology to encourage participation from all pupils and consolidate learning from the tour.

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 or House of Lords chambers
  • A visit to the public gallery to observe the MPs or Lords working
  • Westminster Hall, the last remaining part of the original Palace
  • Central Lobby, at the very heart of the Parliamentary Estate.


The focus of this workshop is how Parliament makes laws. Pupils come up with ideas for bills to present to Parliament and simulate the process of passing one of these bills into law through active role play. The group participates in debates and votes along the way, and learns about the role of the Commons, the Lords and the monarch in making a law.


The focus of this workshop is how Parliament makes laws. Through the course of the workshop, pupils consider how the public, MPs, Peers and the monarch shape our laws and evaluate the role played by Parliamentary processes, including the committee stage.

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 7-18 (Year 3-13 England & Wales, P4-Year 13 Northern Ireland and Primary 4-S6 Scotland)

Duration: 2 hours and 15 minutes

Dates: Mondays- Fridays for details, see How to Book info below for autumn term 2016

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 (to include pupils and adults)

Please ensure that you have the minimum adult:pupil ratio of 1:15 for (age 7-18), 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. If you are booking for under 15 people in total (including adults), please be aware that we may combine your group with another of the same age in order to share to visit.

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

If you think your pupils may be anxious about their visit, you can go through the visit with them before the trip, in class, with our downloadable visit story.

How to book

Bookings for Making Laws tours and workshops are taken through our telephone bookings days.

We are currently booking for:

  • You can check what availability we have left for Summer term bookings on our Short Notice Bookings page and call us on 020 7219 4496.
  • We will be booking for Spring Term 2017 in September 2016. Spring term dates are between Tuesday 3rd January to Friday 31st March (expecting half term 13th February - 17th February).

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


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


Related teaching resources


From Bill to Law - whiteboard resource


How to make a law - whiteboard resource


How is a law made? - video

Related articles

This article provides a useful overview - from origin to Act - of the process of making UK laws.

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