Tate Britain

Address: Millbank, Pimlico, London, SW1P 4RG, United Kingdom
Telephone: 020 7887 8888

- Free


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.

Value for money

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.

Recommended for

  • Couples
  • Culture vultures
  • Families with teenagers
  • Families with younger children
  • Singles
  • Sightseeing
  • Art
  • Design and architecture