a visitor assistant in a mask stands in Tate Britain foyer.

Before you visit Tate Britain you need to book a ticket.

You can book your ticket on our website.

You can book your ticket over the phone on
+44 (0)20 7887 8888.

Tickets are free, but you may have to pay for some exhibitions.

Entrance to Tate Britain.

Tate Britain is open every day, apart from 24–26 December when we are closed.

You can visit us from 10.00–18.00.

It is quietest at the start and end of the day.

You can call us on +44 (0)20 7887 8888 to find out:

  • how busy the gallery will be that day

  • what the quietest time slot will be

a parent and child wearing face coverings walking into the gallery.

Make sure you bring your face covering.

Please wear a face covering in the gallery and the shop, unless you are exempt.

Person using hand sanitiser in the gallery.

There are hand sanitisers for you to use in the gallery.

You can bring your own if you prefer.

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There is a cloakroom on the lower floor.

You can store your items there whilst you explore the gallery.

Card machine and a sign saying please use contactless payments.

You can only pay by card or contactless in the gallery.

You may want to buy food or something from the shop.

Tate Britain exterior

Photo: © Rikard Österlund

The gallery is on Millbank. It is between the Vauxhall bridge and the Lambeth bridge.

The front of Tate Britain faces the river.

You can find directions for how to get to Tate Britain on our Tate Britain gallery page.

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view of the ramp with markings on the floor pointing to the entrance of Tate Britain

The entrance to the gallery is on Atterbury Street.

It is on the side of the building.

You can go down the slope or steps to the entrance.

You might have to queue outside whilst our staff space out visitors.

Tate Britain Manton entrance glass doors.
A visitor has their ticket scanned at Tate Britain.

The doors are glass and open automatically.

If you have a bag, a security staff member might check what's inside.

A member of staff will scan your ticket inside.

You can show your ticket printed or on your mobile phone.

If you would like to buy an exhibition ticket on the day you can visit our ticket desk.

The desk is on the lower floor in front of the gallery entrance.

a visitor assitant stands with arms outstretched in a foyer

This is a visitor assistant.

They wear a black uniform and an orange lanyard with Tate staff written on it. They may be wearing a mask or they may not.

You can ask visitor assistants:

  • for help or information

  • to take you to a quieter space

Visitor assistants can also give you:

ear defenders.
a magnifier held over a wall text.
  • Ear defenders, ramble tags or touch tour gloves.

  • Magnifiers and coloured overlays.

  • Foldable stools.

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a person holds a token with a number on it in exchange for their bag which has been put in a box

There is a cloakroom on the lower floor. You can put your coat and bag in our cloakroom. It is free to use.

A staff member will give you a token with a number on it. You will need to bring this token back when you collect your items.

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Arrows printed on the floor.

There are signs around Tate Britain to help show you where to go.

You can download a gallery map.

You can also ask a visitor assistant.

Rotunda staircase.

Photo: © Rikard Österlund

Manton staircase with a colourful mural.

Photo: © Rikard Österlund

entrance to the lift.
  • You can use the Rotunda stairs.

  • You can use the Manton stairs.

  • You can take the lift.

Try to keep a safe distance from other visitors.

You can use our communication cards to ask for directions to facilities in the gallery. These include toilet, café, seating, shop, quiet room, and exit.

Show one of the cards to a member of Tate staff if you need to be shown to one of these places.

There are two colour versions and are available to download onto your device or print at home. Use whichever version you find easiest to read.

Visitors in the gallery at Tate Britain.

Lots of people visit the gallery every day.

Some areas can get crowded and noisy but other parts of the gallery are quiet.

Ask a member of staff if you would like to be taken to a quieter area.

a parent and child draw on an easel in Tate Britain

You might see people drawing.

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You might see people taking photos.

a parent and a child point and look at a statue in the gallery.

You might see families visiting.


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Photo: © Rikard Österlund

Two people looking at a painting in a gold frame

Photo: © Rikard Österlund

people looking at an installation

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You will see different types of art. There are sculptures, paintings, films and installations throughout the gallery.

There are free art displays and exhibitions. These change, so you might see something different every time you visit. You may have to pay to see an exhibition.

Some spaces can be dark, some spaces can be light.

There might be text on the walls to help explain the art. If the text is too small for you, ask staff for a magnifier. Large print guides for exhibitions can be collected at the exhibition entrances.

installation in the duveens

Tate Britain Commission: Heather Phillipson: Rupture No.1: blowtorching the bitten peach
© Tate photography (Oliver Cowling)

The Duveen galleries run through the middle of the upper floor.

In the galleries is a big installation which includes moving images and sudden loud noises.

You can find out more information on the exhibition page.

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You cannot touch the artworks.

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You cannot eat in the gallery.

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You cannot drink in the gallery.

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You can take photos without a flash.

In some exhibitions you cannot take any photos. You can check with a member of staff before you enter.

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a bronze sculpture is on a plinth with lines around it

Look out for markings on the floor or wire barriers around some artworks. This is so you do not get too close to the art.

The wire barriers may make a sound if they are crossed. This is to help you know to step back.

three toilet doors including a disabled toilet and baby changing room

There are toilets, an accessible toilet and baby change facilities on the lower floor.

The toilets have hand dryers which you may find noisy.

a glass room with families inside

The Manton Studio is a space for families. It is on the lower floor. It is not open all the time.

a parent or guardian stands in Tate Britain next to two children who are both looking at some paper resources

In the Manton Studio artists have made different activities for you. You can take them with you to help you explore the gallery.

You can sit down and relax here.

a family sit and eat at the cafe in Tate Britain

Photo: © Rikard Österlund

The Djanogly Café is on the lower floor.

You can take a look at a menu before you visit.

a person stands at a till desk and orders something from a member of cafe staff
a cafe staff member passes a cup of coffee to a person

You can order your food and drinks at the counter.

If you order a hot drink, the café staff will ask you to wait whilst they prepare it for you.

a parent and child sat at a table with a slice of cake and a coffee.

Photo: © Rikard Österlund

If you order hot food, the café staff will give you a number on a stand.

Take the stand with you to your table and the café staff will bring your order to you.

  • You can take your face mask off once you are seated.

  • In the summer you can choose to sit inside or outside.

  • You can only eat food that is bought in the café here.

It can be crowded and noisy some of the time, especially at lunchtime.

overview of the Tate Britain shop

Photo: © Rikard Österlund

The main shop is on the upper floor. It is the main book and print shop. It also sells postcards, jewellery and some homeware.

There is a smaller shop by the entrance to the gallery on the lower floor.

In the event of an evacuation, a loud alarm will sound. Staff will ask you to exit the gallery via the nearest door and wait outside.

They will let you know when it is safe to go back inside the building.

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When you are ready to leave, the exit is on the lower floor.

We hope you enjoy your visit.