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Tate Britain

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Tate Britain

KidRated’s Tate Britain Top Tips:


  • You can have breakfast on weekends at the Rex Whistler Restaurant 
  • The Djanogly Cafe serves great tea and cakes
  • Take a look at their family tips


Not as popular with families as its younger brother, the Tate Modern, the Tate Britain is still very accommodating to kids of all ages.


The gallery holds the biggest collection of British art from 1570 to the present day in the world. It also houses the annual Turner Prize winner.


The profits of both the restaurant and the cafe go directly back into the gallery. And don’t forget to visit the great shop which has a lot of goodies for kids.


The Tate Britain always has temporary exhibitions. Some, naturally, are more child-friendly than others. However, there are also lots of activities for kids and families and most of them are FREE!


Click here to see what is coming up.


The BP collections are free. In the collection, there are rooms dedicated to some of the best British artists such as J.M.W. Turner and William Blake. Also, look out for John Everett Millais’s Ophelia which is one of the gallery’s most famous paintings.

Booking Advice:

  • Entrance is FREE
  • Under 12 can go free to temporary exhibitions too
  • Buy Tickets Now for the London Pass which will allow all your family free access to some exhibitions




Phone number:

+44 (0)20 7887 8888


How to get there:

Nearest Tube: Pimlico

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Teen Verdict

Things to do, places to go for kids and teenagers - cool, academic, fun and entertaining in London and beyond with KidRated


My friend and I like to visit different galleries in London when we hang out because they’re usually free and have really interesting art. Tate Britain did not disappoint. I think I’d been here once on and school trip but clearly wasn’t all that enthralled by it. This time, I really did enjoy exploring the different pieces the gallery held. We also went to the cafe there and had really good cake. Bonus!

Parent Point of View

Things to do, places to go for kids and teenagers - cool, academic, fun and entertaining in London and beyond with KidRated

Laura Porter

  • There’s step-free access on the side of the building. Bigger kids like to look up and see the bomb damage.
  • In the Turner gallery there are some ‘secret’ stairs with more smaller exhibits up there.
  • Tate Britain​ is family-friendly and there’s usually an art trolley available at weekends and in school holidays so you can try and draw the paintings you like.
  • It may well be a grand building but Tate are keen to be considered welcoming to all ages so don’t worry if the kids are a little lively.

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  1. kate

    Tate modern Henry Moore exhibition review

    This exhibition was very informative and clearly laid out. There were lots of clear information posters corresponding with the works of art which I thought were appropriately set out. There was plenty background information as well which I thought gave a good sense to the exhibition of Henry Moore’s works. This was good because you knew what had inspired most of the artworks and when they were made and what they were made out of. There also was a good movie that I thought showed how he made his sculptures that I liked a lot. I think that the lighting was at a good level although there could have been more light above the information panels. Also, the signs directing you around the museum where very confusing and did not hold enough information to go by, we got lost several times.

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