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Turner Contemporary, Margate

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Part of a plan to regenerate its neighborhood, Turner Contemporary was also the subject of controversy before the gallery opened its doors. Some thought that the original design would expose the valuable artwork inside to the ravages of the stormy North Sea, while the locals thought the revised design looked bleak. Eventually the gallery opened in 2011, and even with the controversy, it was well received for its extraordinary collection of British art displayed near the North Sea. Look especially for the artwork of J.M.W. Turner, the gallery's namesake. Put Turner Contemporary into our Margate trip builder and find out what's close by, where to stay, and where to head next.
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  • Interesting exhibition ....nice modern building ...helpful staff. Didn't try the cafe but a great place to go and visit when the weather is bad.  more »
  • Obviously your experience here depends on the exhibition that is on. But a) it is free, b) it has great views c) it has a cafe d) it is right on the harbour. It is a lot more relaxed than Tate St Ives...  more »
  • Went to the Turner in January which is free to enter, but unfortunately only half of it was open, so best to check before you travel. What was open was good, but not enough to keep you there very long...  more »
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  • I've been here plenty of times to see various exhibitions since it opened and its always such a nice place to visit. The space is large and modern with a clean, interesting layout that lets the installations breathe and there are even outdoor pieces spilling out. The accessibility is great, ramps and lifts throughout for buggies and people in wheelchairs and there are clean loo facilities. Try the café, lovely food and a good selection of teas and coffee with a child friendly layout and nice views. Don't forget to visit the excellent gift shop, which has a rotating stock of interesting products.
  • It had a Turner exhibition on, which was great. A lot of both finished and unfinished works. I'd found a lot of his painting quite boring, but this help me appreciate his innovative stretching of colours. The gallery itself was a good space, if a bit smaller than I thought it would be. However, it had a good community feel and there was an art class going on when I was there.
  • We went with 3 adults and 3 kids aged 5-8 and had a fantastic few hours. A really gorgoeous, non-intimidating, fresh, bright gallery. Very helpful and friendly staff. Great exhibitions which all of our group were able to enjoy and engage with. And a very nice cafe too! Highly recommended
  • Firstly its an art gallery and it can get quite busy. its worth checking what is on before going as the instalations do change as you would expect. Its free to get in and they do ask for a donation. The café is good as well.
  • A great place for art. For a relatively small gallery they always manage for show great pieces of art. Lovely views out to the sea and a great shop and cafe too.