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The Tate Modern, London ©VisitBritain / Simon WinnallThe Tate Modern, London ©VisitBritain / Simon Winnall

This vast repository of international art dating from 1900 onwards is far more family-friendly than you might imagine – as in the other Tates in London and around the country, a lot of work and imagination has been put into making the displays accessible and appealing to children. The building – a former power station beside the Thames – is thrilling in its own right, and best of all entry is free to all, except for special temporary exhibitions.


Best for: Activities for children and families are aimed at kids 5 and up, although younger kids have been known to enjoy certain displays, such as the playful Surrealist works, and there’s a free trail for ages 4 and up.

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What to Expect:

  • Cafe/restaurant
  • Free to enter
  • Great for kids 4-12
  • Great for teens
  • Great for toddlers
  • Open year-round
  • Special events
  • Public transport

What to do

See the Tate website for how to get the best out of your visit to this wonderful gallery with kids, including the latest events and exhibitions suitable for little ones (not forgetting that under 12's go free into these special events).

The gallery has created their top 10 tips when visiting with kids which are a must-read so you know how to approach your visit to the Tate Modern with children, the best place to start and how kids can explore, experience and interact in the gallery.

One place within Tate Modern that we recommend you head to is the Turbine Hall - this is where you will see some magnificent, and some large, pieces of art in a grand space where kids can sit and admire, run and let out their energy and get creative themselves.

New-in-2016, The Tanks is where you will experience live art with special Family Day events throughout the year (check their website for details). And sitting above this is the recently constructed 10-storey architecural expanse of space which is now home to many more pieces of art (modern and contemporary) from around the world and showcasing a mix of live art, films and installations to get you thinking. 

And if you have a head for heights, go up to the viewing platform above this new building to experience some amazing 360 degree views of the city.

Last but not least, don't miss the excellent gift shop with its unrivalled collection of art books, materials and stationery that will delight everyone from creative tots to fully fledged art experts.

Where to stay

See our London destination guide for recommendations for family-friendly hotels and other accommodation in the capital.


Sun–Thurs 10am–6pm, Fri and Sat 10am–10pm, except 24–26 Dec.


The nearest Tube stations are Southwark and Mansion House, both 10 minutes’ walk away, or St Paul’s, 15 minutes’ walk away. If you go to Mansion House or St Paul’s, make sure you cross the river via the shiny metal Millennium Bridge – kids love it.
There is also a Tate shuttle boat along the Thames to and from the Tate Britain that generally runs every 40-minutes, or you can take a river ferry to Bankside for the Tate Modern.
See the website for these and other forms of transport.


There’s no need to venture outside the Tate for refreshments small or large – the Espresso Bar offers sandwiches and snacks, with seating on balconies overlooking the river, or there are even more spectacular views from the Tate Modern Restaurant up on Level 7, open for breakfast, lunch, afternoon tea, early-evening supper and dinner. Also offering fabulous views, the Kitchen and Bar serves up a family-friendly British classics menu and is open all day every day, and for dinner on Fridays and Saturdays.


Entry is free to all, except for special temporary exhibitions (although children under 12 go free).

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