To help you plan your visit, please use the links below.
For further information about bringing your school or group for a visit to the UK Parliament please read or download the information below. These documents will help you plan your trip and provide useful information on health and safety, what to expect from your trip, information on who is eligible for support from our Travel Subsidy and answers to our most frequently asked questions.
Visiting UK Parliament Education Centre FAQs
What is the maximum number of students I can bring on an educational visit?
Individual tour and workshop timeslots have a capacity of 36 people including accompanying adults, which must include the following ratios of adults to pupils:
- 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 there are more than 36 people in your group will allocate bookings across multiple timeslots.
What is the minimum number per group?
The minimum group size is 17 people including no more than 2 accompanying adults. Any groups smaller than this size may wish to consider applying to their local MP for a Democratic Access Tour which does not have the same capacity constraints.
What ages do you cater for at the Education Centre?
Tour and workshop sessions are available to children and young people aged 5-18 years.
Unfortunately, we cannot offer places to groups older than 18 years.
What happens if we are 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, but we will adapt the programme to include as much as possible within the time slot.
Can we eat our lunch in Parliament?
We have a lunch area that is available to most groups on a Tour and Workshop programme after your workshop. It is not available to groups on the ‘Story of Parliament’ tour. The Education Centre is also next to Victoria Tower Gardens, which is an ideal place for a picnic!
Is there parking available?
There are drop off points alongside Parliament near Victoria Tower Gardens. We are unable to provide parking spaces for vehicles anywhere at the UK Parliament for security reasons. There is an underground car park at Abingdon Green, opposite the Victoria Tower, but it does not take coaches due to height restrictions. Details of available coach parking in central London can be found on the Transport for London website.
Is Parliament accessible to wheelchair users?
Yes, it is although at some points along the tour an alternative route is taken. Please let us know if there are any wheelchair users or people with mobility needs in your group before your visit. There are appropriate toilet facilities for wheelchair users in all buildings and along the visitor route.
Can we take photographs?
There are two places on the tour route where you can take photos. Your guide will point these out and ensure that you have time to take photos. Photos are also permitted within your workshop group, but please talk to your workshop leader before taking photos.
Can we buy gifts and souvenirs during our visit?
If your group is taking part in a tour and a workshop, you will not be able to visit the UK Parliament gift shop. You will receive details in your booking confirmation of how to purchase gifts and souvenirs for your visits if you would like to pre-order these. All souvenirs ordered will be given to the lead teacher for each group at the end of your visit.
Please note that the shop requires at least 5 working days’ notice to process your order. If you intend to pay by cheque, please contact the shop directly on 020 7219 3890 at least one month before the date of your visit.
Is there provision for groups with special educational needs?
We believe that every pupil has a democratic entitlement to visit their UK Parliament and we welcome pupils with different Special Educational Needs and Disabilities (SEND). Our aim is to provide an accessible and enjoyable experience of UK Parliament.
If you wish to discuss any adjustments that may be required for your group, please call the UK Parliament Education Service on 020 7219 4496.
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 will notify your local MP of your attendance to give them the opportunity (subject to parliamentary business) to make their own arrangements to meet you once the tour has finished.
Please note that if your visit is booked for a Friday or during recess, it is unlikely that your MP will be available to meet your group.
Other useful information
- Terms and Conditions
- Travel Subsidy
- Information to plan a safe visit
- Information about your visit – Story of Parliament
- Information about your visit – Tour and Workshop
- Teacher’s brochure 2019-20
- Teacher’s brochure 2019-20 Welsh language
If you still have questions you can contact us by email at firstname.lastname@example.org