With a rich tradition of Christian worship and over a thousand years of history, pupils will be inspired by a visit to Westminster Abbey. The Education Department offers a varied programme of events throughout the year designed to enhance the learning of pupils of all ages.
Based in the Education Centre, opened in May 2010, schools have access to an inspiring building at the heart of our nation. With so many possibilities for learning, the education team can help teachers get the best out of the visit.
16+ Question Time, 2016
In November 2016, Westminster Abbey's Education team ran a Question Time event for students aged 16+. It was chaired by Claire Fox, Director of the Institute of Ideas. The panel comprised Rev. Kate Bottley, John Glen MP, Chris Godfrey of Attitude Magazine, Mohsen Ojja of The Crest Academy, Neasden, and Emma Woods of the Royal Society.
New Tour: Britishness in one trip
The Education Department’s new British Values tour for primary and secondary schools covers democracy, rule of law, individual liberty, respect and tolerance - with a dose of wonder, too!
From the start of their tour at the Great West Door, where they find Martin Luther King and his fellow champions of liberty memorialised, to the end in the Chapter House where Simon de Montfort’s Parliament first met in 1265, students explore how the Christian faith underpins our country’s values.
Head of RE at Pines Primary School, Berkshire, Jade Dalrymple, visited the Abbey during Parliament Week with her Year 6 class and summed up their learning: 'It is Britishness in one trip!'. Year 6’s verdict? 'It was awesome!'
Choose from the wide range of Guided Tours, Workshops and Special Events that have been developed to support the National Curriculum for key stage one and two students.
A visit to the Abbey gives students the chance to experience the awe and wonder of the building and learn about its importance to the nation as a living Church.
Tel: +44 (0) 20 7654 4965 (We are often with school groups during the day so it is better to contact us by email)
We offer many different self-guided themed tours in the Abbey. Download yours before your visit!
Self-led visits are available all year round, except during August when the Abbey is very crowded and not suitable for school groups.
As part of our brand new 'Inside Out' programme, Westminster Abbey is now able to visit your school with one of four workshops. Your pupils will then be able to experience a tailored tour of this historic site, including a visit a 'secret area' usually closed to the public!