Story of Parliament film and tour

Story of Parliament film and tour

Enjoy an exciting, 360 degree, 15 minute film introducing historic parliamentary events followed by a tour of the Houses of Parliament

About the Story of Parliament tour

Please note that this visit is available to UK schools only

The tour starts with a 15 minute 360 degree high production film taking you through key events in the changing history of UK Parliament.

The group will then explore the Palace of Westminster, learning about the work of Parliament today.

The tour will give visitors the opportunity to reflect on what UK Parliament of the future might look like and their relationship to that change.

Please note: This film contains some loud sounds and flashing images.

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 7-18

Duration: 1 hour and 30 minutes

Dates: Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Fridays for details, see How to Book info below for autumn term 2016

Tuesdays and Wednesdays at 9:15-10:45, 10:15-11:45 and 11:00-12:30
Fridays: 9:15-10:45, 10:15-11:45 and 11:15-12:45, 12:15-13:45 and 14:15-15:45

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 special educational needs - please contact us to discuss your requirements.

How to book

Bookings for Story of Parliament film and tours are taken through our telephone bookings days. 

We are currently booking for:

  • You can check what availability we have left for Summer term 2016 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


Map of the Parliamentary estate

Map of the Parliamentary estate


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School tour FAQs

School tour FAQs


Information to help you plan a safe visit

Information to help you plan a safe visit


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Related teaching resources


Magna Carta: Stories from Parliament


Houses of History timeline - all themes

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

Find out what Parliament does.