You are planning a trip to Barcelona and wondering whether it´s worth visiting Sagrada Familia with kids? The answer is simply yes. The Basilica of the Sagrada Familia is one of the masterpieces of modernism in Barcelona. It´s like no other church in the world.
Sagrada Familia is probably at the TOP of your must-see list and yet, since travelling with kids, you may be considering just checking it out from the outside. I know, visiting churches can get a bit boring for the younger generation…. But let me tell you otherwise.
It took me years to visit the inside of Sagrada Familia and even if not cheap I won’t have any regrets. The place is simply A-MAZING! And I believe with a little help it can be worth exploring also for your kids. I designed a simple Sagrada Familia game that can get your young explorers entertained for a little while. Download it here. Also, for a bit more extra cash you can buy a ticket with audio guide (available for kids from 6 to 12).
If you are already convinced about visiting the Basilica of the Sagrada Familia, I strongly recommend purchasing your ticket in advanced (tickets can be purchased online) to skip the line and make the most of your time in Barcelona.
Next to the church there are nice gardens where you can spend some time taking pics of the gorgeous outside. Once inside, the architecture, even for those like me not versed in the subject, is jaw dropping. Tall columns flow from the ground to the ceiling creating a forest-like effect. The glass stained windows represent the different times of the day and the life of Jesus. Light permeates through them in different shades depending on the time of the day from blue to deep reds.
Basilica of La Sagrada Familia has been perpetually under construction since 1889, so don’t be let down by the fact that there are construction cranes surrounding the building. It will be like this until 2026 at least, when the basilica is expected to be fully completed. If you are wondering why it´s taking so long to build Sagrada Familia, the answer is because construction is only paid by private donations. This includes the tickets sold to visit the temple.
Sagrada Familia, already a World Heritage Site
Designed by Antoni Gaudí, during his lifetime he only managed to complete the crypt and the Nativity façade, declared a World Heritage Site. He left, luckily, plans and instructions to be followed on how to complete the building. Nowadays, the church has three monumental facades that represent the life of Christ, birth, passion death and resurrection, and present and future glory. In each façade, four towers represent the 12 Apostles (only 8 stand up in 2017).
Out of the 18 towers that Gaudí envisioned for Basilica of the Sagrada Familia there are eight completed, the ones on the Nativity façade and on the Passion façade. You can go up the towers for a stunning view of Barcelona. However, you will need to buy a ticket to the towers as a joint ticked. Also, please note that if visiting Sagrada Familia with kids, for safety reasons, kids under 6 are not allowed to the towers.
For added fun during your visit to Sagrada Familia with kids, remember to download your Sagrada Familia Game
Sagrada Familia practical Information
Opening times: November to February from 9am to 6pm, March and October from 9am to 7pm, April to September 9am to 8pm. Sale of tickets finishes 30 minutes before closing time although recommended time to visit the inside of the basilica is 1 hour.
Price: You have several options and combinations here, the cheapest is the basic ticket selling at 15€. This includes a visit to the site only. A ticket with audio guide will cost you 22€, and includes an audio guide that lasts for about 45 minutes. There’s also a possibility to buy tickets with a guided tour, or joint visit to the towers.
Discounts: Students (showing a valid student card), young people under 30 and retired seniors (+65). Basic ticket for students and under 30, is 13€ and 11€ for seniors.
Free admission: Children 10 and under with a valid ticket. Remember to get it online or at the front desk.
How to get to Sagrada Familia
Address: Carrer de Mallorca, 401, Barcelona
You will find Sagrada Familia at the heart of Barcelona, within the Eixample district. Get there easily using public transport, metro or bus.
Metro line 2 (purple) and 5 (blue) have a stop called Sagrada Familia right next to the temple. The following bus lines also stop close to Basilica of the Sagrada Familia: 19, 33, 34, 43, 44, 50, 51.