Tate Britain

Price guide: Free

Millbank, Pimlico, London, SW1P 4RG

Price guide: Free

Tate Britain - exterior (evening) © Tate Photography
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expert-rated things to do in London
Expert overall rating:4.4 out of 5
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Recommended for:
Couples, Culture vultures, Families with teenagers, Families with younger children, Singles, Art, Design and architecture, Sightseeing

Expert review of Tate Britain

A historic riverside art gallery with a modern style.

Defining itself as the 'national gallery of British art', Tate Britain started life in 1897 as a purpose-built building exhibiting the art collection of the sugar magnate Henry Tate. But it's not stuck in the past - a recent re-hang has created a sensational sculpture-filled central space ('Single Form') and there is a commendable energy about the way works - both contemporary and from the formidable historic collections - are now displayed. I never fail to find something to admire here - and a fair bit to loathe too. It's worth coming just to see the great paintings of JMW Turner ('Romantics'), but don't miss Damien Hirst (Artist Rooms) and Colour & Line tucked away upstairs in the Clore Gallery.

Price advice: 

Admission is free, charges apply to special exhibitions. A map costs £1, multimedia guides to the permanent collection £3.50 (concessions £3).

Expert tips: 
Take advantage of the free guided tours by museum staff - they last around 45 minutes.
Tate Britain and Tate Modern are linked by a regular river service, Tate Boat, that also stops at Embankment.

More information on Tate Britain:

Price guide:
Art gallery, Museum
Millbank, Pimlico, London, SW1P 4RG
020 7887 8888
Months open:
All year round
Opening times:
Mon-Sun 10am-6pm, last Friday of the month 10am-10pm.

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