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Things to do with children

The Summer Opening of Buckingham Palace offers a great day out for children. Here are some ideas to help you plan your visit.

 

Take the free family multimedia tour

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Explore the Palace with our new multimedia tour designed for families with children under 12. 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 a welcome from HRH The Prince of Wales, interviews with Royal Collection Trust curators and Royal Household staff, as well as games and interactives.

 

Pick up a Garden Trail

Explore the gardens of Buckingham Palace with our Garden Trail. Lots of wildlife is encouraged to come and live here including birds, fish and insects. Look out for some of them and their different habitats. The trail also tells the story of some of the exciting events that have occurred in the Garden,

 

To help plan your visit make sure you read our practical information.

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 12 months.

Family Pavilion

Activities in the Family Pavilion

Activities in the Family Pavilion ©

Visit our Family Pavilion full of exciting activities and games for all ages, situated by the West Terrace and overlooking the beautiful Buckingham Palace Garden. 

This year we have worked with three of The Prince of Wales's charities to create fantastic games which explore the work of the charity. You can experiment with colour with the Royal Drawing School, take on a tessellating challenge with The Prince's Foundation School for Traditional Arts and explore Afghanistan with Turquoise Mountain. There are also all sorts of fun games which explore the working life of Buckingham Palace.

There is an area designed for our smallest visitors, with games and toys for under 5s, as well as a wide array of costumes to try. Children can become kings, queens, princesses and guards or why not all four! Share photos on social media of your little ones in costume standing on our version of the famous balcony at Buckingham Palace using #SummerAtThePalace. 

For those who fancy a quiet moment after all the excitement of the State Rooms, there is a special area full of books, as well as colouring sheets and listening stations which tell stories about State Investitures.

The Family Pavilion is open daily throughout the Buckingham Palace Summer Opening, from Saturday, 21 July to Sunday, 30 September.

Posing at the Family Pavilion

Posing at the Family Pavilion ©

Top things to look out for

  1. The Throne Room - There are lots of royal thrones in the Throne Room. Can you find the ones used by The Queen and Prince Philip?
  2. The Ballroom - You can’t miss the room where Queen Victoria threw parties for 2,000 people. The Ballroom is the largest room in the Palace - big enough to hold 84 double-decker buses.
  3. The secret door - The Queen arrives in the State Rooms through a hidden door from her private apartments. Can you spot the door in the White Drawing Room?
  4. Signs & symbols - Keep your eyes peeled for hidden royal signs and symbols. Look out for the crowns on doors, lions on furniture and roses on the ceiling.