Tate Britain

Tate Britain
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Tate Britain, Millbank, Westminster SW1P 4RG
0207 887 8888

Opening times and price

Opening hours:
10 AM to 6 PM (Mon-Sun); Last entry 1 hour before closing
Visiting hours are subject to change
Ticket cost:
Adults free entry
Time required:
A typical visit to Tate Britain lasts 1½-2 hours (approx)

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Inside the Tate Britain gallery Tate Britain Gallery

Craig’s London blog> Read Craig’s review of Tate Britain  Check out my London blog for a full review, with more photos

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Tate Britain is No.2 in our list of London’s best galleries, and No.7 in our list of great things to do for free.

The Tate started life in 1897, when Sir Henry Tate gifted his entire collection of sixty-five paintings to the nation.

Extensions were added at regular intervals throughout the century, but by the year 2000 the Tate’s art collection had grown so large that the vast majority of it was never on show to the public.

The decision was then taken to divide the collection up, and the gallery was renamed Tate Britain – focusing solely on British art from the 16th-century onwards.

Most of the remaining paintings were transferred to the Tate Modern, an old converted power station on the Thames. There is now a third branch of the Tate in Liverpool’s Albert Docks.

Paintings at the Tate

Some of the famous artists on display at the Tate include David Hockney, Francis Bacon, William Blake, William Hogarth, Thomas Gainsborough and John Constable.

The great J W Turner has his own devoted wing – the Clore Gallery.

Some of the famous paintings include the haunting Ophelia by John Millais, and John William Waterhouse’s The Lady of Shalott. You can also see some sculptures by Henry Moore.

Contemporary artists from modern times include the wild-child Tracey Emin, and sculptor Antony Gormley (responsible for the famous Angel of the North).

The Turner Prize exhibition

From early October to December every year, Tate Britain houses the Turner Prize exhibition. Most of the winners are either shockingly bad, or stunningly good – depending on your point of view.

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  •  Guest – “Tate britain gallery used to be great. In the last two years it has gone off - big time. No room numbers, no floor plan (on line or as a paper folder). A major inability to display all their big crowd pleaser. Avoid and go to the national gallery or tate modern or wallace collection. Visit only for the big paying exhibitions!!!.”

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Events at Tate Britain

Jesse Darling — The Ballad of Saint Jerome    to

Burne-Jones exhibition, at Tate Britain    to

The photographs of Don McCullin    to

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William Blake — The Artist    to

Turner Prize winner, Mark Leckey    to

If you enjoy this then try: Courtauld Gallery (walk it in 30 mins or catch a train from Pimlico to Temple); National Gallery (walk it in 26 mins or catch a train from Pimlico to Charing Cross); National Portrait Gallery (walk it in 26 mins or catch a train from Pimlico to Charing Cross); Royal Academy of Arts (walk it in 28 mins or catch a train from Pimlico to Piccadilly Circus) and Wallace Collection (catch the tube from Pimlico to Bond Street).

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Craig’s review of Tate Modern I promised myself that I would come to the Tate Modern with an open mind, but I know I'm going to laugh at the modern art. It's so bad, it's good. So you might want to take this review with a pinch of salt if you're an art lover. I do actually quite like art, believe it or not, but this isn't art to me. It's more like a song by someone who can't sing. It's a load of pictures by peo… continued
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