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National Gallery

KidRated’s National Gallery Top Tips:

  • A great  gift shop and a good value restaurant
  • Bring a pad and sketch your favourite paintings
  • Click here for all the great activities you can do with your family at the National Gallery

Trafalgar Square’s National Gallery started out as a modest collection of 38 paintings bought by the British Government. Nowadays it hosts over 2,300 paintings dating as far back as the mid-13th century, and is the fifth most-visited art gallery in the entire world.


To make the most out of the gallery get one of the child-friendly audio tours or printed trails. Family workshops and drawing sessions are available for 5-11 year olds at 11am and 2pm on Sundays. They’re FREE and you don’t have to book. Be warned though – places are allocated on a first come first served basis so make sure you get there early. Kids must be accompanied by an adult at all times. 


The gallery is divided chronologically, so you can survey the development of art over time and search out your favourite artists. Notable pieces kids may recognise include Van Gogh’s Sunflowers and Monet’s The Water Lily Pond.


The National Gallery will have your kids loving paintings, so be prepared to stop them using the walls at home as their new canvas!


Families are encouraged to visit, with the Pigott Education Centre a base for facilities such as baby-changing and family events.


Booking Advice:

  • Admission for the main collection is FREE
  • Special exhibitions require booking, but children under 12 still go FREE



Trafalgar Square

Phone number:

+44 (0)20 7747 2885


Opening hours:

Daily 10am to 6pm, and Friday 10am to 9pm
Closing commences five minutes before time stated. Free admission to the collection and some special exhibitions. Charges apply for major loan exhibitions.

How to get there:

Nearest tubes: Embankment, Charing Cross, Leicester Square.


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Parent Point of View

About London Laura Porter

Laura Porter

  • If you’re bringing a buggy, there’s an accessible entrance to the right of the main steps (Getty Entrance).
  • This leads you nicely to the Espresso Bar and the computers to learn more about the collection. You can even select the paintings you want to see and print a personalised map for free.
  • The building itself is stunning so do stop to sit in some of the galleries to admire together.
  • It’s free so you don’t have to try and see everything in one go.

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