What is a family — when visiting a museum?

Some families are made up of two children and two adults, but many are not. But which London venues that charge entry have adapted to the modern family size?

Based on a trawl, below is a list of the top venues I remembered to check and how they define what a family consists of. Some are quite flexible, with multiple children options, and quite a few understanding that single parents exist. Unsurprisingly, the two religious venues still expect parents to come in twos.

It’s worth noting that a number of places don’t charge for children at all, so there the family size is not an issue. I was going to check for the paid exhibitions at the big free museums, but they change so often that the list will be out of date so soon as to render it useless.

In summary, the following London venues that charge for children, but have options that understand that some families have more than 2 kiddies.

  • Apsley House
  • Bentley Priory Museum
  • Brooklands Museum
  • Canal Museum
  • Churchill War Rooms
  • Down House
  • Eltham Palace
  • Florence Nightingale Museum
  • Hampton Court Palace
  • Harry Potter World
  • Heath Robinson Museum
  • HMS Belfast
  • House of Illustration
  • Household Cavalry Museum
  • Houses of Parliament (tour)
  • Jewel Tower
  • Jewish Museum
  • London Zoo
  • Old Operating Theatre Museum and Herb Garret
  • Royal Mews
  • The Queen’s Gallery
  • Tower Bridge
  • Tower of London
  • Wellington Arch

The full list

VenueAdultChildrenFamilies
FreePaidCostAdultsChildren
Apsley House£9.30Under 5£5.60£24.2023
Banqueting House£5.50Under 16
Benjamin Franklin House£8.00Under 16
Bentley Priory Museum£8.80Under 6£4.40£13.2012
£17.6013
£22.0022
£24.2023
Brooklands Museum£15.00Under 5£7.70£38.5023
Brunel Museum£6.00Under 16
Canal Museum£5.00Under 5£2.50£12.5014
£12.5023
Cartoon Museum£7.00Under 18
Charles Dickens Museum£9.00Under 6£4.00
Churchill War Rooms£19.00Under 5£9.50£32.3012
£48.4522
£56.5523
Cutty Sark£11.50Under 4£5.95
Dorich House Museum£5.00Under 16
Down House£11.80Under 5£7.10£30.7023
Dr Johnson’s House£6.00Under 5£2.50£12.5022
Dr Who Museum£3.00£2.00
Dulwich Picture Gallery£8.00Under 18
Eltham Palace£14.40Under 5£8.60£37.4023
Fan Museum£4.00Under 7£3.00
Fashion and Textile Museum£9.00Under 12£9.00
Florence Nightingale Museum£7.50Under 5£3.80£15.0022
£16.0023
£17.0024
Foundling Museum£11.00Under 16
Freud Museum£8.00Under 12£4.00
Guards Museum£6.00Under 17
Hampton Court Palace£9.00Under 5£4.50£16.7513
£23.4023
Handel House Museum£10.00£5.00
Harry Potter World£39.00Under 5£31.00£124.0013
£124.0022
Heath Robinson Museum£6.00Under 5£4.00£18.0024
HMS Belfast£16.00Under 5£8.00£27.2012
£40.8022
£47.6023
House of Illustration£8.25Under 5£4.40£19.8023
Household Cavalry Museum£7.00Under 5£5.00£18.0023
Houses of Parliament (tour)£18.50Under 5£7.50£26.0012
£37.0022
£44.5023
Jewel Tower£5.00Under 5£3.00£13.0023
Jewish Museum£8.50Under 5£3.50£18.0024
Keats House£6.50Under 18
Kensington Palace£15.50Under 16
Kew Gardens£18.00Under 4£4.00
Leighton House Museum£9.00Under 12£7.00
London Dungeon£21.00Under 3£16.80£91.8022
London Eye£32.45Under 3£27.95
London Museum of Water and Steam£12.50Under 5£5.50£18.0012
£30.5022
London Transport Museum£17.50Under 18
London Zoo£20.45Under 3£15.95£66.0022
£66.0013
Motorcycle Museum£12.00Under 5£5.00
Museum of Brands, Packaging and Advertising£9.00Under 7£5.00£24.0022
Musical Museum£11.00Under 5£5.00£25.0023
Old Operating Theatre Museum and Herb Garret£6.50£3.50£15.0022
£16.0023
£17.0024
Osterly House£12.00Under 5£6.00£30.0022
Pollock’s Toy Museum£6.00£3.00
Rainham Hall£6.60Under 5£3.30£16.5022
Red House£8.50Under 5£4.20£21.0022
Royal Mews£11.00Under 5£6.40£28.4023
Royal Observatory£10.00Under 4£6.50
St Paul’s Cathedral£18.00Under 6£8.00£44.0022
The Queen’s Gallery£11.00Under 5£5.50£27.5023
The Shard£25.95Under 4£21.95
Tower Bridge£9.80Under 5£4.20£15.3012
£20.0021
£22.0022
£24.5023
£27.0024
Tower of London£21.50Under 5£9.70£38.3013
Tower of London£21.50Under 5£9.70£53.2023
Wellington Arch£5.00Under 5£3.00£13.0023
Westminster Abbey£20.00Under 6£9.00£40.0021
£45.0022

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