Tate Britain is part of the network of museums including the Tate Modern, Tate Liverpool and Tate St Ives. The Tate museums are named after their founder, Sir Henry Tate.
Are you curious about the Tate Britain architecture? The Tate Britain opened in 1897 and is located in a classic building that was custom built to house the National Gallery of British Art. In 2013 the museum underwent renovations and now has nine new gallery spaces. Did you know a prison once stood on this spot? Millbank Prison was famous as being the holding location for prisoners before they were sent to Australia and was mentioned in Charles Dickens novel Bleak House. You can take an audio tour around the area.
Tate Britain highlights include:
- Tate Britain is the national gallery of British art from 1500 to the present. Tate Britain artworks include sculptures, paintings and drawings.
- A super cool initiative is Tate Britain late night openings. Aimed toward youth aged 15-25, these nights the Tate is open until 21:30 with special activities and discussions plus music, food and drinks. Dates for 2018 are April 6, June 1, August 3, October 5 and December 7.
- Tate Britain famous paintings include Ophelia by Sir John Everett Millais, Lady of Shalott by John William Waterhouse, Satan Smiting Job with Sore Boils by William Blake, Proserpine by Dante Gabriel Rossetti and The Cholmondeley Ladies by an unknown artist.
- Recent Tate Britain artists are David Hockney, Rachel Whitread, Peter Blake and Francis Bacon.
- Tour both of the London Tates in style with art critic Joshua White.
- Would you like to pick up arty postcards or Tate Britain posters? Stop by the Tate Britain shop which is located in between galleries or shop online.
- Check the website to find out about the latest special Tate Britain exhibitions.
- Get the London pass for free entry to 60 attractions.
How to get to the Tate Britain?
You can reach the Tate Britain by tube or by boat. The boat connects Tate Britain and Tate Modern along the River Thames. Get on at the Bankside Pier by the Tate Modern. Disembark at the Millbank Millennium Pier just outside Tate Britain.
The closest Tate Britain tube stop is Pimlico.
The best parking near Tate Britain is on the street on Sunday or in one of the local area parking lots like the one at Hilton DoubleTree nearby. If you need accessible parking, there are five spaces available which must be booked 24 hours in advance. Check the Tate website for more information.
Tate Britain entrance fee: FREE except special exhibitions
Tate Britain opening times: Monday to Sunday 10:00–18:00
Millbank, London SW1P 4RG
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