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Wallace Collection

KidRated’s Wallace Collection Top Tips:

  • Look out for ‘trying on armour’ sessions
  • Take a free tour of the Wallace Collection to learn lots more
  • Have tea at the restaurant run by Peyton and Byrne in the covered courtyard


The Wallace Collection holds the biggest ever art collection bequeathed to the nation. The gallery is free to enter, which makes it perfect to drop into quickly if you find yourself near Manchester Square, just a stone’s through away from Oxford Street‘s Selfridges.


Kids will love the armouries, full of Samurai swords, some armour thought to have been worn by Henry VIII (look out for pomegranates, the symbol of Catherine of Aragon, on the armour in the First European Armoury room) and a complete set of armour for a horse. Look out for events where you can try on armour and the more interactive armour areas in the basement.


Tudor fans will also feel at home in the ground floor galleries. The Wallace Collection is home to the only contemporary painting of Hans Holbein, an artist from the time of Henry VIII. Watchers of Wolf Hall may be interested to know that this miniature painting was used as the basis for the character in the TV series.


The Grand Hall is really the main event. Recently renovated, there are more amazing paintings in this room that you can shake a stick at and that’s not even mentioning the beautiful sculptures. The painting to look out for is Titian’s Perseus and Andromeda which everyone thought was a fake for years and so got rather faded while hanging in a bathroom.


The Rococo and Marie Antoinette rooms and the many paintings by Gainsborough and Reynolds (which are great for kids as they so often feature really cute puppies) are well worth seeing. ‘The Swing,’ by Fragonard will be recognised by anyone who loves the Disney movie ‘Frozen’, but allows older kids to take a closer look to see where the naughty man reclining in the foreground of the painting is looking!


Other rooms feature Venetian painters, particularly Canaletto and Dutch Masters such as Rembrandt.


Look out for lots of great family activities, such as drawing workshops or puppet theatre!


Booking Advice:

  • General admission is FREE
  • Some events for kids may be ticketed
  • Highlights tours take place between 2:30 and 3:30 most days – they are FREE but arrive early to secure your place



Hertford House
Manchester Square

Phone number:

+44 (0)20 7563 9500


How to get there:

Nearest Tube: Bond Street

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Laura Porter

  • Don’t try and nip in for a few minutes if you have shopping bags as you’ll be directed straight to the cloakroom to leave your bags and will then be stuck in a queue to get them back.
  • The shop always has something to appeal to adults and kids.
  • Door staff can seem quite abrupt but ignore the attitude as there are often some great family events at the weekend and in the school holidays.
  • Afternoon tea in the Wallace Restaurant is really well-priced (under £20). Book in advance and treat yourself as it’s a wonderful venue.

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  1. Geraldine W

    A good gift shop and nice toilets. A good gallery to choose for a quick bit of culture in the afternoon as it is so much smaller and more intimate than the big museums like the British Museum.

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