The top 10 family friendly art galleries in London


Want to find an art gallery that all the family can visit? Take a look at the top 10 most popular family friendly art galleries in London:

Camden Arts Centre

Camden Arts Centre welcomes families with open arms. If you want to get more involved, there are free Make & Do sessions for all ages every Sunday as well as a programme of family days and activities during the school holidays. Opens: Tues-Sun 10am-6pm, Weds 10am-9pm, Admission free.

Parasol Unit

This unit also includes another gallery – Victoria Miro which means you get two for the price of one! There are dedicated family workshops led by artists (various Sundays). Outside, the pretty garden overlooks a restored stretch of Regent’s Canal and a visit up to the second floor gives impressive views of London. Opens: Tues-Sat 10am-6pm, Sun 12-5pm, Admission free.

Estorick Collection of Modern Italian Art

This gallery is housed in a stunning Georgian townhouse and is perfect for families. With only six small rooms, it has something to inspire children of all ages. The gallery has a family trail with activity sheets (suitable for 3+, available on request). Opens: Weds-Sat 11am-6pm, Sun 12-5pm, Admission £5, Concessions £3.50, free for school children and full time students.

Tate Modern

Tate Modern is a fantastic option for you to combine your visit with a lovely day-out looking at boats and buskers on the South Bank. The inspiring environment has something for everyone. Whilst providing a space for little ones to run among installation work from world-class artists. Opens: Sun-Thurs 10am-6pm, Fri & Sat 10am-10pm, Admission free, except for special exhibitions.

Dulwich Picture Gallery

This is a firm favourite with the families as you can download a free family trail ahead of your visit to get the most out of the permanent collection here. They hold ArtPlay sessions on the first and last Sunday of each month (free with gallery admission). Opens: Tues-Fri 10am-5pm, Sat & Sun 11am-5pm, admission for permanent collection /exhibitions £6/£11. Free for children under 18, other concessions available.

Barbican Art Gallery

The ground floor is home to the magnificent Curve, a giant arc of a gallery, dedicated to bite-sized exhibitions of new or recently-produced work by contemporary artists. On the third floor is the main art gallery with a unique variation of work; ranging from art, architecture, design and photography. Opens: Sat-Weds 10am-6pm, Thurs & Fri 10am-9pm (Bank Holidays vary). The Curve: Sat-Weds 11am-8pm, Thurs & Fri 11am-9pm (Bank Holidays vary).

Whitechapel Gallery

This gallery holds education and outreach projects and every summer the Children’s Commission challenges an artist to create new work to specifically engage with children aged four to 12. A range of other family days and activity trails run quarterly. Opens: Tues & Weds 11am-6pm, Fri-Sun 11am-6pm, Thurs 11am-9pm. Admission free.

SPACE London Fields

Space manages an impressive programme of workshops for its neighbouring schools and focuses on young people. It is a great local option for families who want to drop-in and see what’s on offer on their way to or from nearby London Fields. Opens: Mon-Fri 10am-5pm, Sat & Sun 12-6pm. Admission free.

Pitzhanger Manor, Gallery & House

This Grade I listed house is as much a museum as it is a gallery. In spite of its fascinating history, the audio tour brings the many rooms of the house to life for young visitors. As well as artist-led workshops for schools, the gallery is hugely popular with families of pre-school children. Opens: Tues-Fri 1-5pm, Sat 11am-5pm, Sun 1-5pm (May-Sept). Admission free.

National Portrait Gallery

The National Portrait Gallery is so much fun for families. There are lots of portraits to look at for inquisitive children and a visit at the weekend or in school holidays provides workshops, activities and storytelling sessions as a welcome break. Opens: Sat-Weds 10am-6pm, Thurs & Fri 10am-9pm. Admission free except for special exhibitions.