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Tate Modern

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Tate Modern

KidRated’s Tate Modern Top Tips:

  • Take scooters to scoot down the large ramp
  • Grab a map at the entrance – you wouldn’t want to get lost
  • Bring money for the great gift shop

Situated right next to the Millennium Bridge, the Tate Modern is based in the former Bankside Power Station and is the most-visited modern art gallery in the world. It houses international and British modern art from 1900 to the present day.


Though adults will require tickets for the Tate Modern’s special exhibitions, under 12s go free, and there are also plenty of other free collection displays to explore. Daily free guided tours are offered. What’s more, you too can contribute to the art collection thanks to the new Bloomberg Connects projects: a series of interactive digital projects, such as the Digital Bar which invites you to produce a representation of your visit on their digital sketch pad. Why not pick up a Collection Case for kids at the info desk?


Special events and activities are also offered for families. For example, kids can develop their creative side by experimenting with the materials in the Open Studio, which is open every weekend. Look at the full range of events and workshops here. You can also hire a Family Multimedia Guide, to listen to jokes and information regarding the artists and their works as you walk around the gallery.


Watch the video above for a sneak peak at the new Tate modern.

 Booking Advice:

  • Entrance is FREE!
  • There is a cost for some special exhibitions for over 12s
  • Look out for free drop in family workshops and activities
  • Kids eat for free in the cafés with a paying adult





All year

Phone number:

+44 (0)20 7887 8888


How to get there:

Tube: Southwark

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Teen Verdict

Family days out, attractions and things to do in London and beyond for kids, older kids and teenagers rated by kids and teens with KidRated


I’ve been to the Tate Modern a few times and it’s always really good. I like to avoid the school holidays as it can get quite busy and I like to be able to take my time in galleries like this. I saw a really good exhibition on Matisse the last time I went to the Tate Modern so I recommend checking out what they’ve got on. I also love there gift shop and usually will get a tote bag or postcard when I’m there.

Parent Point of View

About London Laura Porter

Laura Porter

  • Fantastic location next to the Thames with riverside space for running around outside.
  • Kids can run around a bit in the Turbine Hall but don’t get in the way of other visitors. No-one likes a parent who doesn’t have considerate kids.
  • The shop is outstanding for kid’s gifts.
  • The cafe is very welcoming for families with a buggy park, kid’s menu and lovely fat chips.
  • The top floor of the new Switch House has an open viewing terrace on all sides and it’s also free.

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  1. Sarah Canelle

    Always a winner for us. My 10 year old loves it. He’s more interested in the immersive sculptural pieces than the paintings, but luckily there’s plenty of that!

    Great location too and the cafés are good.

    Easy to get to from Yorkshire using Thameslink from Kings Cross to Blackfriars and walking along the river.

  2. Jonathan Gladwin

    Art done on a massive scale and they don’t mind if youre noisy and run around – Fascinating building, amazing design, brilliant views – a great bridge just outside – innovative exciting accessible art – it’s a great all seasons and perfect for a damp day.

  3. Mary n Maggie

    This is our favourite place to visit in London. The Turbine Hall with the statue and waterfall boobies is great for chasing your sister. We went to Andy Warhol this week. I loved his paintings of people with lots of different colours and we bought some lovely fridge magnets.
    Mum said she was a bit disappointed with the exhibition .. she wanted to see some of his shoe stuff. Shoes and mums, eh? What is it with them…?

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