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Children and families

Family looking around the White Drawing Room, Buckingham Palace

Family in the White Drawing Room, Buckingham Palace ©

Things to do with children

There is so much for families to do during a visit to Buckingham Palace’s State Rooms. See if you can find Queen Victoria's throne in the Throne Room or if you spot the hidden door in the White Drawing Room! See our highlights page for families to discover more.

To help plan your visit make sure you read our practical information - including important information about pushchairs, baby changing facilities, and food & drink. And at the end of your visit, don’t forget to ask a Warden to stamp your ticket to convert it into a 1-Year Pass to enjoy free readmission for a year.

Try the free family multimedia tour

Children with multimedia guides in Buckingham Palace

Children with multimedia guides in Buckingham Palace ©

During the Summer Opening of Buckingham Palace you can explore the Palace with our multimedia tour designed for families with children. The multimedia guide is narrated by Alice the footman and Rex the corgi, and takes visitors on an engaging tour of the State Rooms. There are interviews with Royal Collection Trust curators and Royal Household staff, as well as games and puzzles to solve.

And if you’re getting a lot of “what’s that” or “why” questions to answer from the little ones, just ask our friendly wardens - they love to chat with people and share their knowledge all about Buckingham Palace.

Visit the Family Pavilion

Child draws while in the family pavilion

The Family Pavilion ©

During the Summer Opening of the Palace don’t miss the Family Pavilion in the Palace Garden. This area especially for under-12s offers a range of games and activities.

For our smaller visitors, our under 5s area is filled with toys and books. 

You can also take a photograph together standing on our version of the famous balcony at Buckingham Palace.

The Family Pavilion also features games and listening stations exploring the working life of the Palace, from State Banquets to investitures.

For those who would like a quiet moment after all the excitement of the State Rooms, there are colouring and activity sheets, which can be done in the Pavilion or taken home as a memento, as well as an array of books to read together.

The Family Pavilion is open daily throughout the Buckingham Palace Summer Opening.

Top things to look out for

From thrones to secret doors, paintings to hidden royal signs and symbols. See our top 10 highlights of the Palace for families and let us know your favourites too. 

Posing at the Family Pavilion

Posing at the Family Pavilion ©

Explore our interactive map for children