Campaigning and Parliament tour and workshop

Campaigning and Parliament tour and workshop

Find out how your voice and the democratic system affects politics and government.


About Campaigning and Parliament tour and workshops

Please note that this visit is available to UK schools only

Visits from summer term 2017

Following a tour of the Palace of Westminster, the workshop begins with an introduction to the levels at which the UK is governed. An interactive quiz which uses voting pod technology to encourage participation from all pupils, explores the world of campaigning.


Building on this context, pupils consider how they can influence decision makers using an interactive game which encourages them to evaluate common methods of campaigning. By the end of the workshop they will have created their own campaign to gain understanding on how they can make sure their voice is heard in the future.

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

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 7-11 only (Year 3-6 England & Wales, Y4-Y7 Northern Ireland and P3-P7 Scotland)

Duration: 2 hours and 15 minutes

Dates: Mondays-Fridays

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 (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. 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.

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

Parliament’s Education Service reserves the right to cancel visits at short notice due to changes in Parliamentary Business. On the rare occasions where this is necessary, we will offer to re-book your visit.

You can check what availability we have left for Spring term 2017 & Summer term 2017 bookings on our Short Notice Bookings page and call us on 0207 219 4496. 

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

Information on how to book for the Autumn term 2017 

The booking process for the autumn term has now closed. We are currently sorting and allocating tours and your school will be notified in due course whether you have secured a booking or not. We reserve the right to prioritise certain requests to guarantee a proportionate geographic and demographic split of visitors. 

Any slots not booked up for the autumn term 2017 will be put on our short notice bookings page. Please call 0207 219 4496 to book.


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


Votes for Women part 1: Stories from Parliament


An Introduction to Parliament KS2 video

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