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Tate Britain, London

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See what's showing at Tate Britain, the oldest gallery in the famed Tate network. View the permanent collection of British art from 1500 to the present, including many works from 19th-century Romantic painter J.M.W. Turner. You'll also find temporary exhibitions across various artistic media and from different periods, so check the schedule before your visit. For an overview of the gallery, join one of the free daily tours starting in the late morning or sit in on a free 15-minute talk in the afternoon. You can also check current listings for free talks on specific themes. For refreshments, head to the Djanogly Cafe. For gift ideas, check out the Gallery Shop and the Gallery Store. For Tate Britain and beyond, use our London trip builder to get the most from your London vacation.
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  • excellent museum, especially if you're a Turner fan (as I am). the layout is really spacious, lots of galleries dedicated to British historical art (500+ years) and three large rooms (and some smaller...  more »
  • What an incredible gallery, start your experience by appreciating the stunning building with all the period architectural features, just amazing, this time I went to an exhibition and after, once agai...  more »
  • Perfect location, impressive galleries especially the Turner ones. I was last there for the Hockney exhibition. Lovely tucked away fine dining restaurant in the basement and a great members room and g...  more »
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  • One of the best museums/galleries in London. Generally very quiet as most people go to the (in my opinion inferior) Tate Modern. Just walking to this museum is lovely if you go down along the river through the park beyond Westminster. The museum/gallery itself has been renovated beautifully. The architecture of this building alone is stunning. And then there is the incredible collection of artworks from modern installations to great British classics. Well worth a visit. Also, child friendly.
  • Another great museum in London is Tate Britain and it is free! The museum covers art throughout centuries as well as some more modern art installations. They also have a great cafe and restaurant for those long visits. If you sign up for membership, you get free access to the exhibitions and the member room on the top floor. It is a great location next to the river at Millbank and only a stone's throw away from the palace of Westminster. There is also a lovely park at the back if you want to take a break from the busy streets. You can easily spend a morning here without feeling you gave finished it.
  • It's a beautiful gallery and the exhibitions are well-worth it. The Hockney exhibition (now closed) was enjoyable if a little crowded, but the Queer British Art exhibition (still running) is rarely busy at all and a truly unique and important addition to the Queer history of Britain, showing the intersection between sexuality and gender identity that has always existed.
  • Love the Tate Britain, recently went to the David Hockney exhibition there, very good presentation, and user experience of the facilities, the art work and exhibitions are also seamlessly presented, with taste and subtle creativity.. To let the art itself shine, the way it's meant to! They always have the best art exhibitions at the Tate Britain, you can't fault them in any way.
  • The building is fantastic. It is worth visiting only to see the lobby and the new central staircase. This is the perfect museum to appreciate modern art (not only, but especially British.) Some of the temporary exhibitions are just astonishing, and very popular: Turner, Hockney...

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