5 group visits that get our vote

Date Posted: 07/05/2015

We’ve come up with some trips related to the general election - whoever ends up opening the door of Number 10 on Friday.

Hung parliament? Coalition government? Nothing is more uncertain than the results of the 2015 general election.

What is certain however is if you want to buff up on your political history or find out more about where the next PM went to university, then we’ve come up with a mini manifesto of group visits that should get your vote.

Pankhurst Centre Manchester

Let’s start where it all began – well, for 50 per cent of the population that is! The Pankhurst Centre houses a small museum and heritage centre, that remains as a legacy to the Pankhurst family and the Suffragette movement, and also serves as a women’s community centre.

The museum is based at 62 Nelson Street in Manchester, which was the birthplace of the Suffragette movement.

Find out all about Emily Pankhurst and the terrible extents that her and her Suffragettes were forced to go to, like being imprisoned and force-fed, to give women the right to the vote.

Houses of Parliament

Yes it’s the most obvious venue, but walking amongst those famous green seats in the Chamber of Commons should inspire even the most anarchic amongst you.

You can choose between an audio tour and a fully guided one with a Blue Badge expert, which takes you to places that you might not get to see on the self-guided, such as a visit to the committee room.

Groups can opt for afternoon tea in the Terrace Pavilion overlooking the river Thames as a popular add-on to a tour.

People’s History Museum

Parties (political or otherwise) visiting this Manchester museum from now until the end of June can tie their trip in with a very topical exhibition.

Election! Britain Votes includes an object from every general election, from 1900 to 2010, as well as displays relating to the very heart of elections.

From posters to plates to pipes, Election! is a whirlwind history of voting in modern Britain.

Oxford University

The oldest university in the English-speaking world boasts political alumni like David Cameron and David Miliband.

The best way to explore the colleges’ quadrangles, chapels and gardens, is on one of the official guided walking tours from Visit Oxford and Oxfordshire.

Private tours can be tailor-made for groups - so you can include those colleges that tickle your Tory fancy or indulge your love of Labour - and can start and finish at any place that suits you within Oxford city centre.

BBC Tour at MediaCityUK

Watching the coverage of the main political parties and the struggle for power on the telly? Nick Robinson, Huw Edwards and the rest of the BBC crew will be reporting on the action from the polling stations from first thing on election day.

On a tour of the BBC studios in Salford, you can take a peek behind the scenes of some of the Beeb’s most famous programmes such as BBC Breakfast.

Tour guides will entertain and surprise you as you walk in the footsteps of your favourite stars. You should see the most interesting areas available on the day, as well as getting an insight into how TV and radio work.

Pictured: Houses of Parliament image reproduced with the permission of Parliament.

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