Before you visit Tate St Ives you need to book a ticket
You can book your ticket over the phone on +44 01736 791177.
Tickets prices vary. Under 18s can visit for free. You may also be eligible for a discounted ticket.
In winter, Tate St Ives is open from Tuesday to Sunday, apart from 24–26 December when we are closed.
You can visit us from 10.00–17.20.
It is quietest at the start and end of the day.
how busy the gallery will be that day
what the quietest time slot will be
Make sure you bring your face mask.
You will need to wear a face mask in the gallery and the shop, unless you are exempt.
There are hand sanitisers for you to use in the gallery.
You can bring your own if you prefer.
You can only pay by card or contactless in the gallery.
You may want to buy food or something from the shop.
There are lockers on the ground floor.
You can store your items there whilst you explore the gallery.
The gallery faces Porthmeor Beach.
The front of the building is round and has TATE written vertically in large letters.
You can find directions for how to get to Tate St Ives on our Tate St Ives gallery page.
To reach the gallery entrance you can use the stairs or the ramp. Both have handrails.
At the top of the stairs is a round pavilion. You might have to queue here whilst our staff space out visitors.
The glass doors into the gallery open and close automatically.
If you have a bag, a security staff member may check what's inside.
Security staff keep the gallery safe.
A member of staff will scan your ticket.
You can show your ticket printed or on your mobile phone.
If you would like to buy a ticket on the day you can visit our information desk.
It is on the ground floor to the right of the gallery entrance.
At the desk you can also ask for help or information.
A member of staff can give you:
Magnifiers and coloured overlays.
There are signs in the gallery to help you get around Tate St Ives.
Try to keep a safe distance from other visitors in the gallery.
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.
We have lots of people visiting the gallery.
There may be families visiting.
There may be visitors talking.
You might see people drawing.
You might see people taking photos.
Some areas can get crowded and noisy but other parts of the gallery are quiet.
Ask staff if you would like to be taken to a quieter area.
You will see different types of art. There are sculptures, paintings, films and installations throughout the gallery.
You will see views across the sea.
You cannot touch the artworks.
You cannot eat in the gallery.
You cannot drink in the gallery.
You cannot take photos with flash in the gallery.
In some exhibitions you cannot take any photos. You can check with a member of staff before you enter.
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 it is crossed. This is to help you know to step back.
There are lots of toilets in the gallery. The toilets have hand dryers which you may find noisy.
there are standard toilets on the left, just before you enter the gallery spaces.
an accessible Changing Places toilet and baby change facilities is on Level 3
toilets and changing facilities are in the newest part of the building, through Gallery 5
The Foyle Studio is on Level 3. It sometimes has activities or events that you can join in with.
If there is something happening in this room, there will be a poster at the door to explain.
Sometimes it's dark, sometimes it’s light. Sometimes it is silent, or has film or sound. Sometimes it is busy, or quiet.
The café and shop are on the top floor (Level 4).
In the café you can order your food and drinks at the counter. The person behind the counter 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.
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.
The shop is opposite the entrance to the cafe.
You can buy books, homeware, prints and postcards in the shop.
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.
When it is time to go home you can leave through the exit on Level 1. This is the same door that you used to enter the gallery.
If you need to use a lift to leave the building, it will take you to the accessible entrance on Level 6.
We hope you enjoy your visit.