- Tate Britain has reopened with new COVID safety measures in place in line with the latest government advice.
- Don't miss out on the array of fun activities for families like the free art trail, workshops, special ticketed events.
- The Tate Britain is one London's best galleries, offering free exhibitions and workshops and championing learning and engagement.
- Sitting on the banks of the Thames, Tate Britain is Britain's national museum of British art from the 1500s to present day.
The Tate Britain is an exceptional gallery, and along with sister museum Tate Modern, is one of the many family-friendly museums in London. Their aim is to increase the public's enjoyment, engagement and understanding of British art from the 16th century to the current day, filled with modern and contemporary art from across the globe.
The Tate gallery first opened its doors to the public in 1897 where it had just one building, displaying British artworks in a small collection. Currently, there are four major spaces, the Tate Modern, Tate Britain, Tate Liverpool and Tate St Ives. These encompass the national collection of British art spanning over five centuries and including nearly 70,000 artworks.
There are plenty of fun things for kids and families to do at the Tate London, including their amazing on-site workshops. At these, you can learn about the exhibitions, learn how to make your own art and ultimately have a fun and entertaining time. They even offer art-based activities online for you to try at home too.
Learning programmes can include large scale events, talks, workshops, tours, longer-term projects and resources as well as places available in the gallery spaces and online. These programmes for children and intergenerational audiences enable you to play, explore and develop engagement with art in fun and exciting ways. Build a sculpture, draw or create a stunning collage, discovering weird and wonderful materials in the process.
A Kidadl top tip: if you want to make the experience more interactive, bring paper and pens and challenge your kids to draw their favourite piece or make their own. They'll be occupied, entertained and now maybe even a budding artist!
From their programme, the Tate has series getting kids to think about art and race, allowing them to meet contemporary artists, learn about previous artists such as Matisse and Georgia O'Keefe and investigate how art is used today. The Tate offers a range of free and fun activities for children and adults to explore together, like multimedia activities, sketching in the gallery and daily guided tours.
The Tate is fantastic for community learning and engagement for all groups new to art galleries in London, and those from a wide range of backgrounds. The regular group visitors for learning and community engagement typically include access groups in further education, elders organisations, mental health service user groups and community centres.
What to know before you go
- Tate Britain has reopened with safety precautions in place. Pre-booking tickets is essential, face coverings are required, there is a one-way system to maintain social distancing, and thorough and regular cleaning takes place.
- Tate Britain opening hours are Monday to Sunday 10am – 6pm.
- There are toilets, accessible toilets and baby-changing facilities located on the lower floor near the Café.
- Feeling peckish? The Djanogly Cafe is perfect for families, offering homemade pastries, salads, more and beautifully roasted coffee. There's a healthy children's menu, plus some crayons for entertainment.
- Tate Britain welcomes babies and buggies. The cloakroom can be used to store buggies, but the space around the gallery makes navigating with a buggy easy.
- For wheelchair access, contact Tate Britain to book wheelchairs or electric scooters, these are available subject to demand.
- Pimlico station (Victoria line) is a seven-minute walk, Vauxhall station (Victoria line and National Rail services) is a 10-minute walk and Westminster station (Jubilee, District and Circle lines) is a 15-minute walk.
- Via bus, the 87 stops on Millbank, the 88 and C10 stop on John Islip Street, and the 2, 36, 185 and 436 all stop on Vauxhall Bridge Road.
- There's even a Tate Boat, running along the Thames between Tate Modern and Tate Britain, taking you along the Thames. Alternatively, to get to Tate Modern from Tate Britain, you could get the Victoria Line from Pimlico and then use the Jubilee line to get to Southwark Station, or just go from Westminster to Southwark on the Jubilee line.
- There are some parking facilities at Tate Britain on weekdays. It is free on the weekends and after 6.30pm on weekdays, although public transport is the easiest way of getting to the gallery.
- There are five accessible parking spaces for visitors with disabilities, which is accessed via John Islip Street. Please book these spaces in advance (at least 24 hours ahead).
- You can even hire a bike; there are four docking stations less than a kilometre away, at Millbank Tower, Rampayne Street near Pimlico station, Vauxhall Bridge and Regency Street Westminster.
- Please follow the latest government guidelines if travelling by public transport.
Images © Tate Britain, Tony Hisgett and Tate Modern.