Free entry

Tate Britain

The home of British art from 1500 to the present day

We are closed on 24, 25 and 26 December

Opening times

Monday to Sunday 10.00–18.00

Millbank, London SW1P 4RG

Exhibitions

Exhibition

Rachel Whiteread

Until 21 Jan 2018

Celebrating over 25 years of Rachel Whiteread’s internationally acclaimed sculpture

Exhibition

The EY Exhibition Impressionists in London

Until 7 May 2018

The story of the artists who fled to Britain to escape war in France

Exhibition

Home For Christmas A Commission for Tate Britain by Alan Kane

Until 6 Jan 2018

Home for Christmas will transform Tate Britain’s exterior into a glowing display of off-the shelf decorations

FREE

Free Collection displays

Events

Tour

Conservator's Tour: Rachel Whiteread

19 Jan 2018

Go behind-the-scenes with a conservation expert

Talk

​Salon: Buildings and Bodies in Paris and London

19 Jan 2018

Join us for an intimate discussion about gender, sexuality and the city

Talk

MaryAnne Stevens on Impressionism

25 Jan 2018

Join renowned curator and art historian MaryAnne Stevens for this special talk on impressionism 

Tour

Audio Description tour: Rachel Whiteread

15 Jan 2018

​Visually Impaired visitors are invited to join guide Dick Thomas on an audio description tour of Rachel Whiteread

FREE

Plan your visit

Collection on Display

Getting Started

In Tate Britain

Colour photograpoh of an information assistant in Tate Britain smiling at gallery visitors

We’re here to welcome you to Tate Britain

Our in-gallery teams can help you get the most out of your visit. Chat to us to plan your day and share stories, ideas and opinions about the art on display.

Admission information

Entry details

Free Entry
Entry to Tate Britain is free for everyone with a charge for special exhibitions. Visitors with a disability pay a concessionary rate, and a companions entrance is free. Tate Members and Patrons get free entry to special exhibitions. Under 12s go free (up to four per parent or guardian) and family tickets are available (two adults and two children 12 – 18 years) see individual exhibitions for more information.

Contact Us

Call 020 7887 8888
Information 09.00–18.00, daily; Membership and ticketing services 9.45–18.00, daily

We're closed on

Sunday 24 December 2017, Monday 25 December 2017, Tuesday 26 December 2017 (Holiday break)

We are closed on 24, 25 and 26 December

Opening times

Monday to Sunday 10.00–18.00

Last admission and ticket sales for special exhibitions is one hour before closing times. Ticket desks close at this time.

We are closed 24–26 December, but open as usual on all other days of the year, including Bank Holidays and New Year’s Day.

On select Fridays we are open late.

Getting here

Address

Tate Britain Millbank
London SW1P 4RG

Directions

BY TUBE

Pimlico: Victoria Line, 600 metres approx
Vauxhall: Victoria Line, 850 metres approx
Westminster: Jubilee, District and Circle Lines, 1,200 metres approx

BY BUS

Route 87 stops on Millbank
Routes 88 and C10 stop on John Islip Street
Routes 2, 36, 185, 436 stop on Vauxhall Bridge Road.)

BY TRAIN

Vauxhall 850 metres approx.
Victoria 1,600 metres approx.

BY BOAT

The Tate Boat runs every forty minutes along the Thames between Tate Britain and Tate Modern. Other river services run between Millbank Pier and Bankside Pier.

BY BIKE

Cycle Hire Docking Stations at Millbank (at Millbank House), Rampayne Street (by Pimlico Tube station), Vauxhall Bridge Road (Vauxhall Bridge end) and Regency Street.

BY TAXI

A drop off / pick up point is situated on Millbank, just outside the main entrance.

BY CAR

There is limited pay and display parking in the streets around Tate Britain during weekdays. It is free at the weekends and after 18.30 on weekdays.

BY COACH

A drop off / pick up point is situated on Millbank, just outside the main entrance.

Accessibility

Accessible car parking

There are five accessible parking spaces on the Tate Britain site, accessed via John Islip Street. Please book these spaces in advance, giving at least 24 hours’ notice.

To book:

  • Email ticketing@tate.org.uk (please note your name, contact details, date and time of visit are required to make the booking)
  • Call +44 (0)20 7887 8888 – option 1 (daily 09.45 - 18.00)

Once you have parked, please enter via the Staff Entrance across the car park, approximately 10-30 meters from the parking spaces. A member of staff will escort you to the public area. If you have booked a mobility scooter or wheelchair, please collect it from the Staff Entrance.

Drop off points

There is a drop off/pick up point on Atterbury Street and one on Millbank. These are both near level entrances to the gallery.

The Manton Entrance on Atterbury Street has step free access. For more information please visit Entrances to Tate Britain.

Parking spaces for Blue Badge holders near Tate Britain

There are three spaces for Blue Badge holders on Atterbury Street, by a dropped kerb and three spaces for Blue Badge holders on Millbank.

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Entrances at Tate Britain

There are four entrances to the gallery.

Manton entrance on Atterbury Street

  • There is a ramp and steps down to the entrance, both with central handrails.
  • The Manton entrance has automatic sliding doors.
  • The Manton entrance takes you to the lower floor of the gallery where there is level access to the Linbury Galleries, the Hyman Kreitman Reading Rooms, Rex Whistler Restaurant, Café, telephone, toilets and baby care room.
  • There is lift and stair access to the main gallery areas on the upper floor.

Millbank Entrance

  • There are 20 steps up to this entrance. The first 18 steps are unmarked, and the last two are wider marked steps. There are handrails at either side of the main flight of steps.
  • There is a revolving door and two side doors at the entrance.
  • This entrance takes you to the upper floor and the main gallery areas.
  • There is lift and stair access to the lower floor.

North entrance on John Islip Street

  • There is parking for disabled visitors via the North Gate on John Islip Street. Spaces must be booked in advance, please see Accessible car parking for further details.
  • Parking is accessed via the back of the gallery; the spaces are near the staff entrance.

Clore Gallery Entrance on Millbank

  • This entrance is currently closed.
  • Open occasionally for special events.
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Wheelchair and mobility scooter provision

Five wheelchairs and two mobility scooters are available at the gallery.

You can either book them in advance, giving at least 24 hours’ notice, or ask a member of staff on arrival. You must have driven a mobility scooter before to use one at Tate Britain. To book:

Email ticketing@tate.org.uk (please note your name, contact details, date and time of visit are required to make the booking)

Call +44 (0)20 7887 8888 (daily 09.45 –18.00)

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Facilities at Tate Britain

Information desks

Information desks at Tate Britain are located near the Manton and Millbank entrances. Staff are happy to help with any questions you have.

Toilets

Accessible and standard toilets are located on the ground floor and in the foyer of the Clore Gallery.

Changing Places toilets are currently not available at Tate Britain.

Baby changing facilities

Baby changing facilities are available on the lower floor near the Café and near the Auditorium in the Clore Gallery.

Lifts

There are three lifts at Tate Britain:

  • A large lift at the Manton entrance gives access to the gallery areas on the first floor.
  • A large lift near the lower rotunda gives access to the gallery areas on the first floor and the Members Room on the upper floor.
  • A lift at the Clore Gallery entrance gives access to gallery areas on the first and the upper floor.
  • Floor levels are announced in all lifts.

Cloakroom

The cloakroom is located on the lower floor which can be reached via a ramp or steps.

The service is free of charge.

  • You may be requested to leave briefcases, bags or umbrellas in the cloakroom.
  • Large bags and rucksacks must be placed in the cloakroom.
  • Buggies can also be stored there, subject to space availability.

Self service lockers are not available at Tate Britain.

Seating

  • There are seats and benches in the foyer area of the Manton Entrance and the Clore Entrance.
  • There are also a number of seats in the galleries.
  • Folding seats are available – just ask a member of staff or pick up a stool from the racks located by the lifts on the lower and upper floors.

Telephones

  • There is a card and cash pay phone near the cloakroom on the ground floor.
  • They are equipped with volume control and inductive couplers, and are accessible to wheelchair users.

Water fountains

There are water fountains at the Manton entrance and the Clore Gallery entrance.

Restaurant, Café and Espresso Bar

The Djanogly Café is located on the ground floor with access from the Lower Rotunda and the Garden via steps and a ramp.

The Rex Whistler Restaurant is located on the ground floor with access from the Lower Rotunda.

Tate Britain Shops

There are two shops at Tate Britain:

  • The Main shop is on the upper floor by the Millbank entrance
  • The shop on the lower floor is located in the Manton foyer

Member Facilities

The Members Room is located on the second floor.
You can access the Members Room via the lift located at the Lower Rotunda (ground floor) and the lift by the Henry Moore display (first floor).

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Concessionary admission

Concessionary admission and carers’ entry for special exhibitions

Admission to Tate Britain is free. There is a charge for special exhibitions, but visitors with a disability pay a concessionary rate and carers’ entrance is free. Details are available on each special exhibition page.

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Blind and visually impaired visitors

Guide dogs

We welcome guide dogs. A drinking bowl is available at the cloakroom on the ground floor – just ask a member of staff.

Large print gallery plans

Large print gallery plans are available on request from the Information desks.

Large print guides

Large print exhibition guides are available at all special exhibition at Tate Britain. Please ask at the exhibition entrance.

Large print captions are currently not available for the permanent collection. Visitors can borrow a magnifier from one of the Information Desks.

Magnifiers and Coloured Overlays

Magnifiers and coloured overlays are available from the Information desks and the exhibition entrances.

Audioguide

Audioguides for the permanent collection are currently not available at Tate Britain.

Touch tours

Touch Tours introduce visually impaired visitors to the chronological arrangement of the displays. Tours engage with the ideas, materials and techniques of the art on display.

Touch tours typically include a sculpture that can be explored through direct handling and a number of other two and three dimensional works that are explored using a combination of raised images, handling objects, description and discussion.

We ask that visitors book at least a week in advance, although it may be possible to arrange tours at shorter notice. Tours can be arranged for any time during normal gallery opening hours.

To book call +44 (0)20 7887 8888 – option 2 (09.00–18.00, daily)

Audio described tours

Audio described tours explore works on display in the permanent collection and the special exhibitions.

Check the list of tours available on the What’s on pages.

Tours takes place seated in the gallery and are delivered by Tate Staff. Hearing loops and amplifiers are available.

Sighted companions and guide dogs are welcome.

Audio Described Tours at Tate Britain occur every third Monday, at 11.00. Each tour lasts around one hour.

Please join us in the Manton Studio for tea and coffee from 10.30 before the tour.

Audio described tours at Tate are free. No booking required.

If you have any other access needs that you would like to let us know about please contact: Public Programmes: publicprogrammes@tate.org.uk and use the subject line ACCESS or call +44 (0)20 7887 8888.

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Deaf and hearing impaired visitors

Hearing loops

The following areas of Tate Britain are fitted with a hearing loop:

  • Information Desks
  • Auditorium
  • Manton Studio

Hearing loops are also available on most gallery tours.
Find out whether an event at Tate Modern has a hearing loop in the What’s on pages.

BSL talks

Join our BSL talks to discover works on display in the permanent collection and the special exhibitions. Tate trained guides deliver tours at Tate Britain in British Sign Language with voice over interpretation.

Hearing loops and amplifiers are available. Each tour lasts around one hour. BSL Talks at Tate are free. No booking required.

Check the list of tours available on the What’s on pages to learn about dates, time and meeting point.

If you have any other access needs that you would like to let us know about please contact: Public Programmes: publicprogrammes@tate.org.uk and use the subject line ACCESS or call +44 (0)20 7887 8888.

Signing Art training programme

Signing Art was a training programme for Deaf British Sign Language (BSL) users interested in developing the skills needed to become gallery guides. The programme included sessions on; research skills for art, professionalism, and how to best present to a Deaf audience in a gallery setting. These three sessions have been replicated as videos here in BSL or with BSL translation throughout as a reference for those interested in learning more.

Signing Art is supported by the Skills Funding Agency

Signing Art video 1: Serena Cant on research skills
Signing Art video 2: Signing Art: John Wilson on how to present to a Deaf audience
Signing Art video 3: Marcus Dickey Horley on professionalism in museums and galleries

Signing Art Project In a Box: A guide on how to implement your own training programme

British Sign Language & Lipspeaking tours [PDF document, 1MB]
Signing Art Project in a Box [PDF document, 140KB]
Signing Art Project: Lesson plans [PDF document, 112KB]

Multimedia guide

Multimedia Guides are currently not available at Tate Britain.

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Assistance dogs

We welcome guide dogs, hearing dogs and assistance dogs in the gallery. Drinking bowls are available from the cloakroom – just ask a member of staff.

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Visitors with learning disabilities

Tate Britain offers a range of free talks and workshops which are available to relevant groups through Tate Britain’s community programme.

These include gallery talks introducing current exhibitions and artist-led workshops involving a high degree of participation through discussion and hands-on activities.

These sessions can be tailored to the needs of a wide range of groups.

Attendees currently include mental health service users, homeless people, adults with learning difficulties and ESOL refugee groups.

We can accommodate individual group members who have a visual or hearing impairment.

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Dyslexic Visitors

  • Coloured overlays and magnifiers are available at the Information desks and at the special exhibition entrances
  • Large print guides are available for special exhibitions. Ask at the exhibition entrance

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Community groups

Our programme for community groups offers a range of activities that can be tailor-made to suit the requirements of particular groups

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Contact Us

For:

  • group reservations
  • mobility scooter reservations
  • wheelchair reservations
  • accessible car park reservations
  • membership and ticketing services

Email ticketing@tate.org.uk or call +44 (0)20 7887 8888 – option 1 (09.45–18.00, daily)

For:

  • general information to plan your visit
  • book a touch tour

Email information@tate.org.uk or call +44 (0)20 7887 8888 – option 2 (09.00–18.00, daily)

For out of hours emergencies call +44 (0)20 7887 8999​

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