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Tate Britain, London

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#17 of 231 in Museums in London
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. Choose to start, finish, or center your holiday on a trip to Tate Britain by using our London road trip planner .
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  • I even didn't know this museum existed and I am so glad I found it out. The museum is free, there are some temp exhibitions you have to buy a ticket for, but the permanent collections are all free to ...  more »
  • The Tate Britain should not be missed on a visit to London. The masterpieces here are stunning. All too easy to spend an entire morning or an entire afternoon wandering through the galleries!  more »
  • If you are visiting London, always worth checking the exibition at the tate modern and tate Britain. Easy to reach with the underground and the best place in a rainy Sunday.  more »
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  • Just amazing place to visit. There is always something that I've not seen before and that is just in the free galleries. Not to mention the special exhibitions, for which there is a charge. Then there is the tea lounge which is worth a visit for tea and cake or something cooked. I haven't visited the restaurant, which to be honest looks a bit out of my comfort zone. I'm sure it would be fine if it's your sort of thing. All in all, worth a visit if you're interested in art or just visiting.
  • Great gallery. Had a couple of hours free and popped in. Didn't do any of the paid exhibits but did the journey through time. Really interesting and nicely laid out with dates on the floor to help orientate you. Following a chronological line really helps you appreciate how taste in art changed. As always in a gallery you can appreciate the skill of the brush strokes of a painting far more than just looking at a photo of a painting. Most rooms have seats so you can sit and appreciate the artworks. Lots of staff to answer questions and you can attend guided discussions about key works. Well worth a visit and I will go back and do more.
  • Superb gallery in general with fabulous exhibitions. The "Aftermath" was so interesting and well put together; probably better that for Otto Dix in the 90s as there were many other relevant artists. The rooms where it was held seem to often be used for exhibitions and they are light/airy with room to move. You never feel short changed by TB exhibitions as they display a large number of works with excellent commentary. Lastly, the cafĂ© is good.
  • Great building to visit whether or not you pay for exhibitions and suitable for all ages. The food provided is excellent and well worth treating yourselves to it. Toilets are clean with baby changing facilities. Interestingly this is where the first use of the red royal carpet was tragically used to cover up the blood of the chap who designed it as to his horror Britannia's shield was put on the wrong side of her as a result he threw himself off the building just before Queen Victoria's arrival. To cover his blood the staff laid out a long red carpet for Queen Victoria which she was so impressed by she insisted that red carpets be used for her entrance to other events.
  • One of my favourite places in London. It's just the right size, the quality of the paintings is amazing and varied so that it never really gets boring. I would consider spending no less than 2 hours here. The main room alone is worth a visit to this museum. Bonus points because it's way less crowded than other top attractions in the city, for example the more central (and overhyped?) Tate Modern. This makes the atmosphere much more relaxed and pleasant. The temporary expositions are a bit of a hit or miss, but sometimes they end up being positive surprises.
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