Visiting with children: the State Rooms, Buckingham Palace

Things to do during your visit

Take the free Family Multimedia Guide
Explore the Palace with our new multimedia guide targeted at families with children under twelve. The multi-media guide takes visitors on a tour of the State Rooms and includes a welcome from HRH The Prince of Wales as well as interviews with Royal Collection Trust curators and Royal Household staff.
For more information about the guide please click here.

Relax and have fun in the Family Pavilion
For the first time families can visit the new Family Pavilion full of exciting activities and games for all ages, based on the theme of the special exhibition, Royal Childhood. The Family Pavilion is open throughout July and August, and the first week of September. It is open on the weekends throughout the remainder of September.
For more information about the Pavilion please click here.

Pick up a Garden Trail
Explore the garden at Buckingham Palace - an oasis of calm green space in the busy city. Look out for birds, fish and insects and their different habitats. Can you find the helipad and the lake that Queen Victoria’s husband, Prince Albert, fell in?

Pick up the Garden Trail in the Family Pavilion or download it here.

The top five things to look out for

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?

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.

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?

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.

The Family Pavilion
Join us in the Family Pavilion to dress up and recreate a play inspired by past royal pantomimes. Have a go at riding a traditional rocking horse or playing a giant wall game and puzzles. 

Practical information

  • Lavatories and baby-care facilities are at the end of the visitor route.
  • For safety reasons, pushchairs cannot be taken into the State Rooms. They must be checked in and reclaimed at the exit. Baby carriers and hip seats can be borrowed free of charge, subject to availability.
  • Light refreshments are available in the Garden Café on the West Terrace at the end of the visitor route.
  • Please take extra care in the garden, as the visitor route is close to the lake.
  • The Garden Shop has a number of items priced between £1 and £5. There is a wide range of interesting gifts for children.
  • At the end of your visit, don’t forget to ask a Warden to stamp your ticket and convert it into a 1-Year Pass. Then visit us again.

Things to do at home

For activities and colouring sheets to enjoy at home see the top right-hand corner of this page.

Stay in touch

To keep up to date with our programme of family activities, please join our family mailing list.
E-mail familylearning@royalcollection.org.uk
Telephone 020 7766 7300.