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National Gallery

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National Gallery

KidRated’s National Gallery Top Tips:

  • Best for kids & teens: The National Gallery Keeper of Paintings immersive app with puzzles to solve around the gallery
  • Best for parents: Click here for all the great activities you can do with your family at the National Gallery
  • Top tip: Bring a pad and sketch your favourite paintings

The National Gallery, located in Trafalgar Square, is a world-famous art museum that offers a treasure trove of masterpieces that will captivate both children and teens.


First off, kids will be amazed by the sheer size of the gallery and its impressive collection of over 2,300 paintings. From Van Gogh’s Sunflowers to Leonardo da Vinci’s The Virgin of the Rocks, there’s something for everyone. The vibrant colours and intriguing stories behind these artworks make exploring the galleries a fun adventure.


One of the highlights is the Keeper of Paintings immersive app created for 7-11 year olds, which transforms the gallery visit into an interactive experience. Kids can use the app to solve puzzles, uncover secrets, and learn fascinating details about the paintings in a fun, engaging way. It’s like a digital adventure that brings the artworks to life! Plus, there are lots of activities to make and create at home with follow along video tutorials.


Finally, the gallery’s stunning setting in Trafalgar Square is a winner.  It’s a bustling area with street performers, fountains, and plenty of space for kids to run around and burn off some energy. It’s the perfect spot for a family picnic before or after your visit.


All in all, the National Gallery offers a fantastic mix of culture and fun. Plan your visit and watch your kids’ faces light up as they discover the world of art through the immersive app!

Booking Advice:

  • Admission for the main collection is FREE, but booking is recommended
  • Often exhibitions are also free



Trafalgar Square

Phone number:

+44 (0)20 7747 2885


How to get there:

Nearest tubes: Embankment, Charing Cross, Leicester Square.

Teen Verdict

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I’ve been to the National Gallery a few times and that’s because it’s such a good spot for a day out. It’s such a huge collection that there’s always something new to discover. I love that it’s free and it also has great cafes. I usually go with a friend and we spend the day looking at well known pieces or more obscure ones. Sometimes I’ll bring a sketchpad and try my hand at copying something I see. I love coming back here and would recommend it to anyone looking something free but fun.

Parent Point of View

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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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