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Tate Britain

Posted by on Thursday, 24 January, 2013 in Featured, Galleries, Rainy day

Tate Britain

Here at babydaytripper we’re big fans of the Tate Modern as a place for a day out with kids.  The colourful modern art and under 5s’ zone appeal to even the youngest visitors and there’s lots of open space to roam around.  Tate Britain, in contrast, always seems to have a distinctly grown up vibe – so how would it shape up as a babydaytrip destination? We set off this week to find out…

What is there to see at Tate Britain? We visited the free permanent collection displays, consisting of historic British and contemporary art, but the Gallery also has frequent special exhibitions (admission costs apply, free admission for Under 12s).  The permanent collection is extensive and the works on display change regularly, so there’s plenty to recommend a return visit if you don’t manage to see everything in one go.

Tate Britain

Tate Britain

Just like its Bankside sister, Tate Britain is a great family-friendly destination.  There’s everything you need in terms of facilities, and the huge, airy galleries are perfect for little ones to potter around looking at whatever takes their fancy without feeling like you’re in anyone’s way.  The Tate has even produced guidelines for how to get the most out of a family visit (here), with suggestions of games to play and reassuring families that it’s ok to make noise in the galleries.  With regular weekend and holiday workshops for children to get more involved, there’s something for all ages.

Interest rating

Family-friendly like the Tate Modern – it’s only missing a Tate Modern style Under 5s Zone to match up in terms of day trip appeal.

Tate Britain galleries

Admission cost

Admission to the permanent collection is free.  Admission fees apply for special exhibitions, under 12s are admitted free of charge.


There are two cafés serving hot and cold meals and snacks, hot and cold beverages.  As a guide, a cappuccino costs £2.25.  Tate Britain is currently undertaking an expansion and restoration programme which will result in new, improved facilities by late 2013.


Tate Britain is pushchair accessible although a buggy park is also available if required.  There are plenty of baby changing facilities. High chairs are available in the cafes.

Tate Britain

Tate Britain

Opening hours

10am to 6pm daily.

Contact details

Telephone: 020 7887 8888


Getting there

Address: Tate Britain, Millbank, London, SW1P 4RG

By train: The nearest stations to Tate Britain are Pimlico (Victoria Line) and Westminster (Jubilee, District and Circle Lines) and Vauxhall (Victoria Line, National Rail).

By bus: 2, 36, 87, 88, 185, 436 and C10.


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