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What's on for families at Tate Britain

From regular daily and weekend activities to special events in the school holidays, find out what’s on for families


Let your kids lead. Find your way round Tate Britain and choose the route you want to take

Walk through British Art

Walk through time and explore artworks from 1545 to the present day

Things to do


Pick up an activity at the information desks. Our activities have been specially designed to help your family to explore and enjoy the art and building of Tate Britain.

Photograph of a family event at Tate Britain

Photo: Alex Wojcik © Tate

Photograph of a family event at Tate Britain

Photo: Alex Wojcik © Tate

Go on a sound journey

Get out your mobile device and check out our Sonic Trails.

Click play and go on a sound journey through the gallery. Experiment, slow down and explore with others.

Listen to the latest Sonic Trail below, The Waves Were Too Too Too Too Big: a story about a flooded village where multiple languages are spoken.

Commonly asked questions

How much does it cost to visit?

Entry to Tate Britain is free for everyone with a charge for special exhibitions. Under 12s go free (up to four per parent or guardian) and family tickets are available (two adults and two children 12 – 18 years) see individual exhibitions for more information.

Where can I leave my buggy?

Our cloakroom accepts buggies or you can take them around the gallery with you.

Where are the baby-changing facilities?

Baby changing facilities are available on the lower floor near the Café and near the Auditorium in the Clore Gallery.

Where can I breastfeed?

You can breastfeed wherever you feel comfortable, ask a member of staff if you need more privacy.

Is there a cloakroom?

The cloakroom is located on the lower floor which can be reached via a ramp or steps.

The service is free of charge.
  • You may be requested to leave briefcases, bags or umbrellas in the cloakroom.
  • Buggies can also be stored there, subject to space availability.
  • Bags larger than cabin bag size (55cm x 40cm x 20cm), sports or recreational equipment (musical instruments), large wheelie bags or boxes are not permitted into the gallery.
  • Foldable bicycles, large skate boards and child or adult scooters are permitted into the building but must be deposited in the cloakroom.

Self service lockers are not available at Tate Britain.

Where can we eat?

Visit the Djanogly Café on the lower floor to enjoy hot and cold food and drink, as well as a kids meal box. High chairs are available.

Games to play in the gallery

You don’t need to be an expert to look at or talk about art. Don’t feel you have to ‘get it’ to enjoy it – take whatever you like from a piece.

You and your family can try these activities in any of the galleries. Remember it's ok to talk at Tate! It's ok to make some noise!

Families in Tate Britain

Photo: Alex Wojcik © Tate

Strike a pose

Get your child to secretly choose an artwork with a person in it. Once they have looked carefully at the pose, find a space in the room and encourage them to try to recreate the pose. The rest of the group can then try and spot the artwork the pose came from

Give us a clue

Encourage your child to find a portrait in the gallery that reminds them of someone in your group; someone famous; someone you all know (perhaps a neighbour or a friend). With the help of clues, the rest of the group can guess the chosen person

Photograph of a family activity at Tate Britain

Photo: Alex Wojcik © Tate

See it from their perspective

Get down to your child’s height and see what they see. The change in eye-level might make you think and feel differently

Get creative

Pick up a pencil and draw, doodle or dream within the gallery. We provide the easel, pencil and paper. You just need to bring your imagination. Available daily in the 1840 display

We encourage young people to explore art and idea to take ownership of the gallery.

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