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Tate Britain

Tate Britain is the national gallery of British art. Located in London, it is one of the family of four Tate galleries which display selections from the Tate Collection. The other three galleries are Tate Modern, also in London, Tate Liverpool, in the north-west, and Tate St Ives, in Cornwall, in the south-west.

The entire Tate Collection is available online.

Tate Britain is the world centre for the understanding and enjoyment of British art and works actively to promote interest in British art internationally. The displays at Tate Britain call on the greatest collection of British art in the world to present an unrivalled picture of the development of art in Britain from the time of the Tudor monarchs in the sixteenth century, to the present day.

Permanent Collection

The Collection comprises the national collection of British art from the year 1500 to the present day, and international modern art. Some of the highlights of the Tate collection of British art include rich holdings of portraiture from the age of Queen Elizabeth I; of the work of William Hogarth, sometimes called the father of English painting; of the eighteenth-century portraitists Gainsborough and Reynolds; of the animal painter George Stubbs; of the artists of the Pre-Raphaelite Brotherhood who revolutionised British art in the nineteenth century; and in the twentieth century of the work of Stanley Spencer, Henry Moore, Barbara Hepworth, Francis Bacon and the Young British Artists (YBAs) of the 1990s. The very latest contemporary art is presented through the Art Now programme and the annual Turner Prize exhibition.


7 February – 29 April 2007
Witty, satirical, subversive and hugely talented, William Hogarth remains one of the most fascinating and innovative artists from the eighteenth century. This superb exhibition is the most comprehensive showing of the artist’s work in living memory and incorporates the full range of Hogarth’s work.

East-West: Objects Between Cultures
Until 18 February 2007
East-West: Objects Between Cultures explores Christian-Muslim encounters and exchanges over the past five hundred years by introducing a selection of related objects into the Collection displays.

Mark Wallinger: State Britain
Until 27 August 2007
Mark Wallinger has recreated peace campaigner Brian Haw’s Parliament Square protest for a dramatic new installation at Tate Britain, running along the full length of the Duveen Galleries.

Exhibitions (9)

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Admission to Tate Britain is free, but donations from visitors are needed to support the gallery's work. You can also help by visiting the Tate Britain Shop, Café and Restaurant, or by becoming a Tate Member.

Opening hours

Daily, 10.00-17.50

Exhibitions open 10.00-17.40 (last admission 17.00)
Late at Tate Britain
First Friday of each month, 18.00-22.00 (last entry to exhibitions 21.00, exhibitions close 21.40)
Collection Display Rooms open until 21.40

Please note: We are closed 24, 25, 26 December (open as normal on 1 January)

Getting there

Tate Britain is located on the north bank of the River Thames at Millbank, south west of the city centre and not far from the Houses of Parliament.
By boat: Tate Boat runs every forty minutes along the Thames between Tate Modern, the London Eye and Tate Britain.

By Underground: Pimlico (Victoria Line - 600 metres approx.), Vauxhall (Victoria lines - 850 metres approx.), Westminster (Jubilee and District and Circle Lines).
By bus: A number of buses service the area, including the 2, 3, C10, 36, 87 (formerly 77A), 88, 159, 185, 436 and 507.
Tate Boat: Millbank Pier. The Tate Boat currently operates every forty minutes along the Thames between Tate Britain, The London Eye and Tate Modern. Please check or phone 020 7887 3959 for up-to-date timings.
By train: Vauxhall (850 metres approx.) and Victoria.
By taxi: A taxi drop off/pick up point is situated on Millbank, just outside the Millbank entrance.
By car: There is a limited amount of pay and display parking in the streets surrounding Tate Britain (free at the weekends and after 18.30).
Coach: Drop-off point on Millbank
Parking: There is a limited amount of pay and display parking in the streets surrounding Tate Britain (free at the weekends and after 18.30). Free parking is only available to SEN groups booked into sessions. There is level access at the Clore Gallery entrance for school groups using educational facilities with a lift to the galleries.
Access: There is also level access via the Manton Entrance on Atterbury Street, with a lift to the galleries (please do not use the Manton if you require an education booked service or educational facilities). To reserve a parki...+ [ Read all ]


The Centenary Development has been completed and provides greatly enhanced facilities for disabled visitors. Parking spaces and wheelchairs are available on request. To reserve one please telephone 020 7887 8888 or email
Disabled visitors can book a parking spaces via Tate Ticketing on 020 7887 8888. The car park is at the North Entrance on John Islip Street, at the back of the gallery. There are two parking spaces for Orange badge holders at the front of the gallery. Pay and Display operates in the streets immediately around the gallery. Parking is free after 18.30 and throughout weekends.
If arriving by taxi or Dial-a-Ride please ask the driver to take you to the Manton Entrance on Atterbury Street or the North Entrance on John Islip Street.
Entrances to the gallery
There are four entrances to Tate Britain:
The Manton Entrance on Atterbury Street has level access with two ramps and handrails. Access to the galleries is by lift and stairs.
The entrance on Millbank has a flight of eighteen unmarked steps. This is followed by two wider marked steps. There are handrails at the edges of the main flight of steps.
The Clore gallery entrance is to the right of the main gallery on Millbank, it has level access and a lift to the main gallery floor.
The North Entrance on John Islip Street at the back of the gallery has ramp access and parking for disabled visitors.

Museum internal and external photos (11)

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News and events

Science and Art: How to Understand Failure and Accident?
Wednesday 7 February
Scientists Patrick Haggard and Marcus du Sautoy, artist Cornelia Parker, Adrian Rifkin and Sian Ede discuss the idea of ambiguity and failure in science and art.

Art Trolley:
Weekend Sessions
Every Saturday and Sunday 11.00-17.00
Come and try out the new-look Art Trolley, which is packed with activities and materials for you to take away into the galleries.

First Friday of each month, 18.00–22.00
Last entry to exhibitions 21.00

Late at Tate Britain is the perfect opportunity to explore art after hours.

Relax with a drink and enjoy exhibitions, performances, music, talks and films on the first Friday of each month.

All events at Late at Tate Britain are free, and exhibition entry is half price (no concessions).

To make a reservation for the restaurant please call 020 7887 8825.

Upcoming dates:

Late at Tate Britain: March Friday 2 March 2007
Late at Tate Britain: February Friday 2 February 2007


There are special admission rates to major exhibitions and talks and tours for groups. If you would like to make a group visit, please ring Tate Ticketing on 020 7887 3959, or email


School groups are very welcome at all four Tate galleries, and there is discounted entry to many of Tate's exhibitions. However, all groups must book ahead. Here you can find out how to book a visit to the galleries, read information on Tate-led sessions and learn about Tate's programmes for schools and teachers.

Tate’s vast collection of historic, modern and contemporary art features work by Pablo Picasso, William Blake, JMW Turner, Damien Hirst, Andy Warhol and many others. We believe teachers and their pupils should have the opportunity to experience these incredible artworks firsthand.

Through gallery tours, free workshops and lively talks led by artists and gallery educators, pupils can explore their own responses to art works and increase their understanding of British and international art.

Supporting the Art and Design National Curriculum, encouraging cross-curricular work and building key skills, our programmes aim to:

use personal experience as a starting point to engage with art
develop critical, conceptual and analytical skills
use discussion and debate to share ideas
develop knowledge and understanding to inspire practical activities

Tate Teachers

Tate Teachers is a continuing professional development programme that runs across all four Tate galleries. It embraces the role that art can play in your professional life and in the lives of your pupils.

The programme has grown out of wide consultation and offers a rich array of opportunities for teachers at all stages of their careers. It aims to complement and extend classroom practice, joining up gallery- and school-based learning, working in partnership with you to deve...+ [ Read all ]


Tate Britain offers a range of activities for children and adults to explore together. These include any-time activities for families with children, plus drop-in and ticketed special activities for weekends and school holidays.

To book tickets call 020 7887 8888.


Tate Britain Youth

A Spoken Word event at Tate Britain
© Will Amlot
Tate Forum – a public programme for young people at Tate Britain

Tate Forum is run by the Tate Forum Group. The group consist of twenty young people aged between 14 and 25 from across the London boroughs of Westminster and Lambeth. They meet regularly at Tate Britain to plan and organise events for other young people. Their goal is to make Tate Britain a place that more young people want to visit.


Courses and study days in historic, modern or contemporary British Art. Courses are tailored to cater for different levels and each offers an exciting range of specialist tutors who are skilled at encouraging discussion and debate. Some highlight current debates in art history and cultural theory; others encompass areas such as literature and music or include practical sessions.


Corporate Membership with Tate offers outstanding entertaining opportunities, popular employee benefits, and enviable special access to Tate galleries and facilities. The funds raised through Corporate Membership help Tate to extend its programme in access, education, research, visitor information and conservation.

We are very grateful to our Current Corporate Members.

Please contact us for information on Corporate Membership:
Tate Britain and Tate Modern: 020 7887 8744 or
Tate Liverpool: 0151 702 7431
"The office talks had a fantastic response, we had wonderful feedback from staff who felt really privileged to have had such an opportunity in the workplace. They provide a source of enjoyment and interest whilst also being really good social events"
- Bella Beattie, Deutsche Bank

"What surprised me about Tate Britain was the versatility it can provide as a venue. We used the museum in the spring when the Music Sound Foundation (an independent charity established by EMI) hosted a reception that included drama, dance and musical performances by 250 school children in many of the galleries.
It really was inspiring.."
- Kate Dunning, EMI


Tate offers one of the world's most varied and ground-breaking exhibition and learning programmes across its four gallery sites and on-line. Sponsorship opportunities range from the historic classic to international modern to cutting edge contemporary at all four galleries. Tate attracts an average 5 million people each year to the galleries and almost 4 million further unique visitors to Tate Online. Our core visitor base is of 25-45 year-old ABC1's. 50% visitors are from London/SE with 30% visitors from abroad.*

* Source: MEW research, Spring 2004

A Tate sponsorship provides opportunities for companies to:
communicate to Tate's audience, and target specific audiences via individual exhibitions
align with the innovative, market-leading Tate art brand
leverage marketing, promotional and PR campaigns including national press
provide entertaining and networking via Tate and client events
involve employees , their friends and family with the gallery and exhibition activity
We look to work closely with corporate partners to create tailored sponsorship offers that meet the sponsor's objectives, including regional targeting through Tate Liverpool and Tate St Ives.

Please call Emily Droy, New Business Manager on 020 7887 8744 or email for further information.

"Our sponsorship of Edward Hopper gave us a fantastic opportunity to align American Airlines with the powerful Tate brand. The huge success of the show and the strength of the brand association has helped us to raise our profile within the UK market, particularly to a core ABC1 audience as well as providing a range of promotions and entertainment opportunities for our...+ [ Read all ]

Venue hire

One of the most stunning venues in London, Tate Britain offers seven versatile and architecturally rich entertaining spaces, from classical and formal galleries to the clean and contemporary lines of the Manton Entrance. There are also day-time meeting facilities in the Clore Gallery.

All evening events in the gallery can include a private view of a special exhibition, or the permanent collection, and this is included in the prices quoted. Tate guides can be available for an additional charge to conduct guided tours for guests.

Evening receptions run from 18:45-20:45, though extensions in length can be granted. Dinners run from 19:00-23:00.

If you have any questions about corporate entertaining at Tate, please contact the Corporate Events team on 020 7887 8689 or