What’s the maximum and minimum number of students I can bring?

Tours and workshops have a capacity of 32 students. The minimum ratio of adults to pupils depends on students’ age:

  • Age 5-7: 1 adult to 7 pupils
  • Age 7-18: 1 adult to 15 pupils

You can book up to 108 visitors in each academic term.

If you’re bringing more than 36 people, we’ll split your group across multiple timeslots.

The minimum group size is 12 people, including adults.

What ages do you cater for at the Education Centre?

Tours and workshops are available to young people aged 5-18.

We can’t offer places to groups older than 18, but you’re welcome to join us for an audio guided tour.

What happens if we’re late?

Please telephone our bookings line as soon as possible on 020 7219 4496 and let us know when you expect to arrive.

The visit will still finish at the published time, and we may not be able to include all elements of the visit.

How to find us

The UK Parliament Education Centre is a short walk from Westminster tube station, at the north end of Victoria Tower Gardens. (marked ‘13’ on this map). Upon arrival, you will be met by our team.

We recommend you arrive 15 minutes before your visit start time, to allow time to find us and get through the airport-style security checks.

Transport

Underground and Rail

Visitors travelling on the London Underground can use the District, Circle or Jubilee lines to get to Westminster station, which is fully wheelchair accessible.

If you need help at Westminster station, please speak to the Transport for London staff. You don’t need to book help in advance.

Victoria, Charing Cross and Waterloo mainline stations are about 20 minutes away by foot and have connecting buses.

Bus

Buses stop near Parliament Square in Victoria Street and towards Trafalgar Square in Whitehall. All buses in London are now wheelchair accessible.

River Boat

Several river boat operators offer services that stop at Westminster Pier on Victoria Embankment. The ramps can be quite steep so visitors using a manual wheelchair may need help.

Coach

Coach drivers can stop on Abingdon Street. They may drop off and pick up on the Victoria Tower Gardens side before the second zebra crossing.

Coach parking is not available at UK Parliament. There are coach parking bays in Westminster, available on an hourly tariff.

For more information on coach parking see the Westminster City Council website. Specific information for coach drivers is available on the Transport for London website.

Is UK Parliament accessible to wheelchair users?

Yes, but they take an alternative tour route at some points. Please let us know if there are wheelchair users or people with mobility needs in your group before your visit.

There are toilet facilities for wheelchair users in all buildings and along the visitor route.

Is there provision for groups with special educational needs?

Yes. We welcome pupils with special educational needs and disabilities (SEND).

To discuss any adjustments your group needs, please call the UK Parliament Education Service on 020 7219 4496.

Can we eat our lunch in UK Parliament?

The lunch space is available for 30 minutes after the end of your workshop. This only applies if you are doing a tour and workshop programme. 

The Education Centre is also next to Victoria Tower Gardens, which is ideal for a picnic. 

Can we take photographs?

There are two places on the tour route where you can take photos. Your guide will point these out.

Photos are also allowed in your workshop group, but please talk to your workshop leader beforehand.

Can we buy gifts and souvenirs during our visit?

If your group is taking part in a tour and a workshop, you won’t be able to visit the UK Parliament gift shop.

You’ll receive details in your booking confirmation of how to pre-order gifts and souvenirs. These will be given to the lead teacher for each group at the end of your visit.

Please note that the shop requires at least five working days’ notice to process your order.

Do we need to contact our MP in advance?

We always invite your local MP to a Q&A as part of Tour and Workshop sessions. For groups on the Story of Parliament tour, we’ll give your MP the opportunity to meet you after the tour, if possible.

Please note that if your visit is booked for a Friday or during recess, it’s unlikely your MP will be able to meet your group.

Travel subsidy

Our travel subsidy scheme helps education groups visiting UK Parliament from outside London and the South East with their travel costs. If your group is eligible you can receive between 60% and 85% of your travel costs back (subject to maximum claim caps).

Please refer to our travel subsidy guide.

Posted resources queries

Please contact our distributor if you have a query about a placed learning resources order. Please quote your order number when emailing/phoning.

Call us on 0203 150 3696 or email ukparliament@partridgesuk.com