Free entry Tate Britain Collection route

British Art 1540–1890  

© Rikard Osterlund

Explore over 300 years of British art on this route through Tate Britain

You can visit all or some of the galleries on this route, as long as you follow the one-way system designed to keep all visitors safe. There will also be access to toilets, a shop and an opportunity to buy food and drink.

What you can see

This route begins with the oldest paintings in Tate’s collection, from Tudor times. It continues through the tumultuous 17th and 18th centuries, including artists such as William Hogarth and Joshua Reynolds. The final room recreates the experience of a Victorian exhibition and includes many of the best-loved works in Tate’s collection, including Ophelia and Carnation, Lily, Lily, Rose.

There will also be an opportunity to see Steve McQueen’s Year 3 and from 24 August the Spotlight display, Edward Allington and Pablo Bronstein.

Please note the rooms covering 1890 to 1930 are currently closed for refurbishment.

ARTWORK HIGHLIGHTS

John Simpson, ‘Head of a Man (?Ira Frederick Aldridge)’ exhibited 1827
John Simpson
Head of a Man (?Ira Frederick Aldridge) exhibited 1827
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Mary Beale, ‘Portrait of a Young Girl’ c.1681
Mary Beale
Portrait of a Young Girl c.1681
Tate
William Hogarth, ‘The Painter and his Pug’ 1745
William Hogarth
The Painter and his Pug 1745
Tate
Francis Barlow, ‘Monkeys and Dogs Playing’ 1661
Francis Barlow
Monkeys and Dogs Playing 1661
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Sir John Everett Millais, Bt, ‘Ophelia’ 1851–2
Sir John Everett Millais, Bt
Ophelia 1851–2
Tate
Simeon Solomon, ‘Sappho and Erinna in a Garden at Mytilene’ 1864
Simeon Solomon
Sappho and Erinna in a Garden at Mytilene 1864
Tate

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Enter via the Manton Entrance on Atterbury Street

Millbank
London SW1P 4RG
Plan your visit

Dates

From 27 July

Currently booking until 6 September

Pricing

FREE with ticket

  • Timed tickets must be booked online before visiting
  • All visitors, including Members, need to book a ticket

See Booking and Ticketing FAQs

WHAT TO EXPECT

  • Carefully managed visitor numbers
  • A one-way route
  • Increased cleaning regimes in toilets and high use areas
  • Protective screens on desks and counters
  • Hand sanitiser dispensers throughout the gallery
  • The cloakroom is closed so avoid bringing bulky coats or bags

VISITING SAFELY

  • Please follow all the safety instructions onsite
  • Keep your distance and act on any guidance our staff give you
  • Please wear a face covering. This is recommended in the galleries and mandatory in shops, which many routes pass-through
  • Pay by card or contactless
  • Use the hand sanitiser provided and wash your hands regularly
  • If you are not feeling well, help keep everyone safe by staying at home

For more information take a look through our frequently asked questions.

Check our Tate Britain page before you travel.

Rooms in this route

At Tate Britain