Tate Britain

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Tate Modern gets all the attention, but the original Tate Gallery, founded by sugar magnate Sir Henry Tate, has a broader and more inclusive brief. Housed in a stately Portland stone building on the riverside, Tate Britain is second only to the National Gallery when it comes to British art. It’s also looking to steal back a bit of the limelight from its starrier sibling with a 20-year redevelopment plan called the Millbank Project: conserving the building’s original features, upgrading the galleries, opening new spaces to the public and adding a new café. The art here is exceptional. The historical collection includes work by Hogarth, Gainsborough, Reynolds, Constable (who gets three rooms) and Turner (in the superb Clore Gallery). Many contemporary works were shifter to the other Tate when it opened, but Stanley Spencer, Lucian Freud and Francis Bacon are all well represented, and Art Now installations showcase up-and-coming British artists. Temporary exhibitions include headline-hungry blockbusters and the annual controversy-courting Turner Prize exhibition (October-January). The gallery has a good restaurant and an exemplary gift shop.

Venue name: Tate Britain
Address: Millbank
Opening hours: Daily 10am-6pm (last admission for special exhibitions 5.15pm)
Transport: Tube: Pimlico/Vauxhall
Price: Free (permanent collection); admission charge applies for some temporary exhibitions
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  • Until Friday September 30 2016 Free
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  • Until Sunday April 10 2016
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  • Painting Until Sunday March 13 2016
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  • Contemporary art Tuesday April 12 2016 - Monday August 29 2016
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  • Installation Tuesday April 26 2016 - Sunday October 9 2016 Free
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  • Tuesday September 27 2016 - Sunday January 8 2017
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  • Painting Wednesday October 26 2016 - Sunday March 5 2017
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Victoria B

Great gallery, I prefer this to the tate modern. The permanent collection is much more interesting and the building is also worth a visit. Look out of the late at the tate events! All for free too.

Lizzie W

Great museum with absolutely tonnes of great art to appreciate. You could spend ages wandering through the big open galleries..... or just half an hour appreciating a few.


Not really being an 'art person' I still found this museum to be enjoyable, but more for the architecture of the building itself. The atrium is so open and looking down or up provides incredible lines and curves, wonderful for the camera if you like that kind of thing. 

Yup, plenty of paintings and they also do tours showcasing quite a few of them (which in hindsight probably would have enhanced my trip, so would give it a bash if you are around!)

Again-- free museum is always a good shout. Thanks London! Don't forget to donate though to keep it free for years to come!

Its also a lovely walk down the Thames to Westminster tube or indulge and take the Clipper to your next destination-- as long as its not Westminster... thats just a waste of money! :)

Wally McDonald

Loved Turner and Bacon paintings and many more. Beautiful building and free admission with option for donation which makes the Tate accessible to everyone visiting London. Great gift shop.

Andy Allen

Really interesting! There is a film piece by Douglas Gordon called 'Play Dead; Real Time' which I could honestly watch for hours.