A visit to the Houses of Parliament offers a unique historical story-telling experience, coupled with fun activities for youngsters to enjoy. Aimed at 7-12 year olds, the family version of the audio tour is narrated in the style of a ‘live’ news broadcast with time-travelling journalists reporting back on some of the most renowned figures in history. The tour route takes kids through the iconic spaces of Westminster Hall, St Stephen’s Hall and Central Lobby before arriving at the two famous Houses. They’ll discover why Charles I lost his head, how Guy Fawkes planned to blow up Parliament and hear tales of Suffragette protests. In the Lords, you can enter a world of Kings, Queens and the Magna Carta, whilst following in the footsteps of Queen Elizabeth II at the State Opening of Parliament. The red and gold chamber will dazzle and amaze, especially Augustus Pugin’s masterpiece, the gilded throne, whilst at the other end of the building, the plain green chamber of the Commons will inspire children to compare and contrast. They’ll see exactly where the Prime Minister sits and stands, as well as that big green chair, from where the Speaker shouts, ‘Order, order!’ Parliament’s regular audio-guide will lead early teens and adults through 1000 years of the Palace of Westminster’s royal and political history, whilst the award-winning guided tours will thrill visitors with untold tales, past and present, of the building’s remarkable architecture and heritage. Keep an eye out for the upcoming family activities on offer too, as well as Parliament’s seasons of themed tours.
When/Where: open for tours on Saturdays through the year and most weekdays through the school holidays when the Houses are not sitting, The Houses of Parliament, Westminster, London
Price: For audio tours: Adults: £18.50, Children (5-15 years): One child free with each paying adult, but will require a ticket for admission, £7.50 for each additional child