Family Time

A Family Day Out at London’s Royal Palaces

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The State Rooms, Buckingham Palace

27 July -31 August  2013 : Open daily 09:30-19:00 : (last admission 16:45) & 1-29 September  2013 : Open daily 09:30-18:00: (last admission 15:45) A typical visit lasts between 2 and 2½ hours

Take the free family audio tour : Explore the Palace with our two reporters, James and Rachel. (Aimed at children aged 7-11 years)

Relax and have fun in the Activity Room : Open during August for paper-based colouring activities.

Pick up a garden trail
Look out for birds, fish and insects and their different habitats in the Palace garden.

Top 5 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 garden The garden at Buckingham Palace is an oasis of calm green space in the busy city and all sorts of birds and insects love to make their home here. Can you find the helipad and the lake that Queen Victoria’s husband, Prince Albert, fell in?

Adult  £19.00 : Over 60/ Student (with valid ID)  £17.50
Under 17  £10.85 : Under 5  Free
Family  £50.00 (2 adults and 3 under 17s) : A booking fee of £1.25 per ticket applies

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2) Westminster Abbey

**NB. All Summer workshops are now booked**

On Tuesdays and Wednesdays this summer head over to the college yard at Westminster Abbey and partake in a variety of events like “knight school”, “Westminster safari” and loads of other events.
There is still free lunchtime music, Brass on the grass. Some of the UK’s finest brass bands play in the beautiful surroundings of College Garden on Wednesday lunchtimes, 12.30pm-2.00pm from 24th July – 28th August. No booking required.The Cellarium Cafe and Terrace will be serving, in the garden, freshly brewed coffee, loose leaf teas and fabulous home made cakes including scones with clotted cream and jam. Soft drinks will be available.royal albert ha;;
Tuesday 20th, and Thursday 22nd come and Discover the Orchestra at Royal Albert Hall and make some festive bunting to take home.
Discover Workshops are strictly for children aged 5 – 11 as activities are not suitable for under 5s. Children must be accompanied by an adult. Tickets for adults and children must be purchased in advance. Entry is via Door 8.
Kensington Palace is putting on “Fun Fridays” this summer, July 26th; August 2nd, 9th, 16th, and 23rd from 11am – 4pm.  The cost of entry is £15 per adult, but children go free.  The children’s activities are very well organised and supervised, and really worth booking up if you are making the trip.
Bookable design workshops (7-13 yrs): 11:30 – 12:30 and 14:00 – 15:00These are FREE and you can sign up at the main White Court ticket desk on the day or in advance by emailing

  • Friday 9 August – Fabulous fashion photo shoot with photographer Lee Sanders
  • Friday 16 August – Royal headwear and hats with artist Natalie Ryde
  • Friday 23 August – Fashion illustration workshop with illustrator Stuart McKenzie

Please note

  • Numbers are limited so please do let us know if you book but are unable to come on the day.
  • Workshops are aimed at 7 – 13 year olds but all ages are welcome.
  • Children must be accompanied by an adult during the workshop.
  • Included in your admission ticket. Kids go free to the palace.
  • These activities tie in with our new exhibition Fashion Rules

Tiny Explorers (0-3yrs)

Multi-sensory workshops : 10:30 – 11.30 for childred aged 0 to pre-walkers & 14:30 – 15:30 for children who are walking to 3 years old

Playfully discover the stories of Kensington Palace in our Early Years sessions. Each week offers new ways to explore through fun, hands-on activities, where you and your little one will be transported to a magical world of stories!

  • Friday 2 August – Tiny Explorers … go exploring!
  • Friday 9 August – Tiny Explorers … get musical!
  • Friday 16 August – Tiny Explorers … get moving!
  • Friday 23 August – Tiny Explorers … get messy!

Don’t miss out; call today to book your FREE place! To book call 0844 482 7799

5) St Pauls Cathedral

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Family Summer Trail

Throughout the summer holidays
A special summer trail, including a word search,suitable for children/families is available and can be printed off and brought to the Cathedral during your visit. A number of printed copies are also available at the Cathedral entrance, together with pencils. >DOWNLOAD THE SUMMER TRAIL
There are also numerous trails for children on the Great Fire of London, worship, art and more to download – see the self-guided visits section of the Schools & Families website pages.

Be an Explorer this Summer!

Guided explorer trail and craft workshop for families, parishes and community groups
20, 21 and 22 August
1.30pm – 3.30pm

Come and share the story of faith and history at St Paul’s this summer by taking part in our ‘all age’ Guided Explorer Trail with Craft Workshop. Explorer bags containing torches, magnifying glasses and binoculars will be loaned as your guide enables you to discover things often missed by many! Suitable for ages 4+ (accompanied at all times by an adult).
This is particularly aimed at families, parish and community groups.

Please contact Janet Marshall at  or on 020 7246 8353 to discuss availability, individual and group fees. Booking is essential. Parishes wishing to bring groups may be booked in on other dates too, please call for more information.


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