In line with the latest Government advice and guidance from Public Health England, all visitor access to the UK Parliament has now stopped. The Education Centre is now closed and school tours have paused. We have also suspended our regional and national outreach activity to schools and community groups.
The decision, consistent with the latest Government advice, has been taken by the Speakers of both Houses, in consultation with Public Health England, to preserve the operation of UK Parliament.
Planning a school trip or community group visit? This page lets you know what to expect, what support you could get, and other frequently asked questions.
Frequently asked questions
What’s the maximum number of students I can bring?
Tours and workshops have a capacity of 36 people per timeslot, including adults. 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.
What's the minimum number per group?
The minimum group size is 17 people, including no more than two accompanying adults. Smaller groups can apply to their MP for a Discover UK Parliament Tour which doesn’t have the same rules on group size.
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, but we’ll adapt the programme to include as much as possible within your time slot.
Can we eat our lunch in UK Parliament?
Our lunch area is available to most groups after their tour or workshop. It’s not available to groups on the Story of Parliament tour.
The Education Centre is also next to Victoria Tower Gardens, which is ideal for a picnic.
Is parking available?
There are drop off points alongside UK Parliament, near Victoria Tower Gardens. We’re unable to provide parking spaces for security reasons.
There’s an underground car park at Abingdon Green, opposite the Victoria Tower, but it can’t take coaches due to height restrictions.
Details of available coach parking in central London can be found 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.
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.
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.
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.