Tate Britain

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Millbank Free

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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  • Thu April 2nd 2015 - Sun October 18th 2015 Free
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  • Photography Thu April 2nd 2015 - Sun October 4th 2015
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  • Photography Thu April 2nd 2015 - Sun May 17th 2015
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  • Photography Thu April 2nd 2015 - Mon May 25th 2015
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  • Sculpture Thu April 2nd 2015 - Mon May 25th 2015
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  • Sculpture Wed June 24th 2015 - Sun October 25th 2015
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  • Painting Fri October 9th 2015 - Sun March 13th 2016
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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.