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Things to do with children

There is so much for families to do during their visit to Buckingham Palace’s State Rooms. See our highlights page for families. Children are guided around the State Rooms with Rex, a very special corgi, on our multimedia guide who helps children learn more about the Palace and shares all sorts of interesting snippets about the rooms. This year, as we are celebrating Queen Victoria’s 200th birthday, Rex will be joined by Dash, who was Victoria’s dog when she became Queen. He will be telling fascinating stories about how the Palace has changed since Victoria lived there, as well as bringing important moments from her reign to life.

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 re-admission for a year.

 

Try the free family multimedia tour

Children visiting Buckingham Palace

Children visiting Buckingham Palace ©

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 is a welcome from HRH The Prince of Wales, 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.

 

Family Pavilion

Activities in the Family Pavilion

Activities in the Family Pavilion ©

Once you’ve left the State Rooms don’t miss the Family Pavilion in the Palace Garden. This area especially for under-12s offers a range of games and activities.

Step inside a mock-up of three of the rooms from Queen Victoria’s Palace. There are a few tasks which need doing in each room to get the Palace ready for the Queen – families can get dressed up and let their imagination take them to Victorian London.

For our smaller visitors, our Under 5s area is filled with toys as well as two huge wall puzzles showing Buckingham Palace in the 1890s and today.

If your children were inspired by the Crimean Ball projections in the Ballroom, they can get dressed up in gowns and uniforms and pose for a photograph with our large scale recreation of the Ball. You can also take a photograph together standing on our version of the famous balcony at Buckingham Palace. Then don’t forget to share your photo on social media using #SummerAtThe Palace.

Family Pavilion balcony

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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.

Family Festival

Over the bank holiday weekend (24-26 August 2019) we have an extra special treat with our Family Festival. Taking place at the Palace as well as the Royal Mews and The Queen’s Gallery (which are just next door to the Palace) you can visit all 3 venues for a day full of fun and games with all the family. All of the Family Festival events are free with your standard admission, and are suitable for families of all ages.

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Family Festival
  • The Royal Mews, Buckingham Palace The Queen's Gallery, Buckingham Palace Buckingham Palace
  • Next event: 24 Aug 2019
    Daily (Saturday, 24 Aug 2019 - Monday, 26 Aug 2019)

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 ©