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Dulwich – Picture Gallery and Park

Posted by on Wednesday, 2 May, 2012 in Featured, Galleries, Parks, Rainy day, Sunny day

Dulwich – Picture Gallery and Park

We were hoping for a bit of fresh air this week, but the incessant rain meant another museum-based babydaytrip.  Nevermind, there are more museums and galleries in London than you can shake a stick at and this week it’s another good one, Dulwich Picture Gallery.  The rain cleared whilst we were inside the Gallery, so we headed across the road for a stroll in Dulwich Park once we were done – bonus!

Dulwich Picture Gallery Cafe

Dulwich Picture Gallery is located in leafy and chichi Dulwich Village in South London.  Designed by architect Sir John Soane in the early nineteenth century, Dulwich Picture Gallery was England’s first purpose-built public art gallery.  Today it houses a significant collection of European Old Masters.  In my view, Rembrandt’s A Girl at a Window is worth the entrance fee alone, but there are many other striking works among the collection.  We only visited the permanent collection on this occasion, but the Gallery also holds regular temporary exhibitions (currently, Van Dyck in Sicily: Painting and the Plague, 1624-25 and Ragamala Paintings from India: Poetry, Passion and Song – both until 27 May 2012).   

Across the road from Dulwich Picture Gallery you will find the 29 hectare Dulwich Park.  Perfect for a relaxing stroll or picnic on a sunny day, the Park has a boating lake with pedalos and rowing boats for hire (adults £4, children £2 per half hour) a playground, outdoor gym and other sporting facilities.  You can also hire recumbent bikes, family tandems and children’s trailers, and side-by-side tandem tricycles (approximately £8-15 per hour).

Dulwich Park

Interest rating

Dulwich Picture Gallery is a rather grown-up destination, but is the perfect size to visit with a baby without vastly exceeding his or her attention span (I managed a leisurely visit of the permanent collection whilst my son had his afternoon nap).  There is also plenty of space to toddle around in the Gallery’s grounds and nearby Dulwich Park has everything you need to entertain children of all ages.


Admission cost

Permanent collection: £5 adults, £4 senior citizens, under 18s free.

Temporary exhibition (includes entrance to permanent collection): £8 adults, £7 senior citizens, £4 other concessions, under 18s free.

Grounds of Picture Gallery


Dulwich Picture Gallery has baby changing facilities.  The Gallery is accessible to pushchairs.

There are also baby changing facilities in the café in Dulwich Park.


Dulwich Picture Gallery has a café with indoor and outdoor seating.  Hot and cold drinks, hot and cold food, cakes and children’s meals are available.  As a rough guide a cappuccino costs £2.80.  High chairs are available.

A more informal, inexpensive, but decidedly more chaotic option is the Pavilion café in Dulwich Park.  This very popular café offers hot and cold food, drinks, snacks and ice cream.  The café has a small play area inside for children, plus baby changing facilities.  There is indoor and outdoor seating and high chairs are available.

Dulwich Park

Opening hours

Dulwich Picture Gallery is open Tuesday to Friday 10am to 5pm, Saturday and Sunday 11am to 5pm.

Contact details


Telephone: 020 8693 5254


Getting there

Address: Dulwich Picture Gallery, Gallery Road, London, SE21 7AD

By train: The nearest train stations are North Dulwich (National Rail to London Bridge, approximately 10-15 minutes’ journey time) and West Dulwich (National Rail to Victoria, approximately 10-15 minutes’ journey time).  East Dulwich station is located a long distance from the Gallery.

By bus: P4, 37, P13, 3.

By car: There is free street parking in Dulwich Village and at Dulwich Park.


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