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Visit to The Houses of Parliament

School Council visit The Houses of Parliament

It was a very exciting day for our School Council as they were about to visit the heart of British democracy at the Palace of Westminster. After a very early start, we arrived in London with just enough time to stretch our legs before a guided tour of the magnificent building.

After a short film, we were taken through more security to the main entrance and then on to the King’s entrance. It was a very special moment as only very few people had passed through the huge gates and up the very impressive stairs. Our guide took us on a journey through history as we visited many splendid and ornate rooms including the House of Lords.

At the end of our tour we were met by our local Member of Parliament, Maggie Throup, who explained what it was like to be an MP and what her job entailed. After lots of questions from the children, it was time for a well-earned lunch on Parliament Square!

Our adventure continued with a sightseeing tour of some of London’s most famous landmarks. After passing the Cenotaph on Whitehall, we made our way to Downing Street before stopping at Horse Guards to watch the Changing of the Guard. It was a very warm day so we headed off to St James’s Park for an ice cream and a walk through the beautiful gardens. Our tour came to an end as we arrived at Buckingham Palace.