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Free entry

Tate Britain is an art gallery and it is free to visit. You need to pay to enter some exhibitions.

Exhibition tickets

We recommend booking a ticket for exhibitions before you visit. do not need to book.

Pay by card

We are a cashless gallery. You can only pay by card or contactless.

Bringing a bag

If you bring a bag, it must be cabin size or smaller. We have a free cloakroom to store items.

A person in an orange jumper looking at a painting framed on a bright blue gallery wall

Photo © Tate (Eugenio Falcioni)

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 when you plan to visit.

The gallery is on Millbank. It is between the Vauxhall Bridge and the Lambeth Bridge. The front of Tate Britain faces the river.

Tate Britain building against a bright blue sky

Photo © Tate (Eugenio Falcioni)

Public transport

The nearest tube station is Pimlico. It is on the Victoria line and is an 8 minute walk from the gallery. You can also get here by bus.

Entrance to Pimlico tube station with red underground sign

Photo © Tate (Lucy Green)

Accessible parking

We have a small number of accessible parking spots for disabled visitors. These are accessed via John Islip Street. Please book these spaces at least 24 hours in advance. Email ticketing@tate.org.uk or call +44 (0)20 7887 8888 (daily 10.00–17.00) to book.

Entrances to the gallery

There are two entrances to Tate Britain.

A sign pointing to Tate Britain's step-free Manton entrance and the Millbank entrance which has stairs

Millbank Entrance

The Millbank Entrance is found on Millbank and faces the River Thames.

It has 20 steps you need to climb.

The road outside can be noisy during the weekdays.

This entrance has a revolving door or push/pull doors to enter.

Manton Entrance

The Manton Entrance is on Atterbury Street.

It is step-free.

It has a sloped entrance ramp and is more quiet outside.

At the end of the ramp it has automated opening doors.

A person wearing a high visibility jacket, with arms open in a welcoming pose and smiling

Photo © Tate (Lucy Green)

Security and bag search

This is a Security Officer.

They wear a high vis jacket and are there to keep us safe.

They may ask to search your bag.

Ticket desk

This is the ticket desk.

It is found on the Lower Floor near the Manton Entrance.

A person waiting by a large grey desk with 'Tickets and Membership' written above it

Photo © Tate (Lucy Green)

Photo © Tate (Lucy Green)

This is a Membership and Ticketing Assistant.

They are at the Ticket Desk and can help you buy a ticket for a special exhibition.

They can also help you sign up to become a Member.

Cloakroom

This is the Cloakroom. It is found on the Lower Floor.

A person standing by a cloakroom

Photo © Tate (Lucy Green)

A person wearing a Tate staff lanyard handing you a cloakroom token

Photo © Tate (Lucy Green)

This is a Cloakroom Assistant.

They are at the Cloakroom and can store your bags or coats for you if you do not want to carry them around the gallery.

This service is free.

Toilets, an accessible toilet, and baby change facilities are on the Lower Floor. This is next to the Cloakroom. The toilets have hand dryers which you may find noisy.

There are more toilets in the Djanogly Café also on the Lower Floor.

A corridor with three doors to toilets

Photo © Tate (Lucy Green)

Changing Places toilet

We have a Changing Places toilet located on the Lower Floor of the Clore Auditorium. You need a RADAR key to use this toilet.

Please speak to a member of staff if you need to use this facility and do not have a RADAR key.

Inside the Changing Places toilet facility at Tate Britain

Photo © Tate (Lucy Green)

Hand sanitisers

Hands beneath a hand sanitiser sensor

Photo © Tate (Lucy Green)

We have hand sanitisers all around the gallery. You can find them in these locations:

  • Manton Entrance
  • Millbank Entrance
  • Lower Floor toilets
  • Lower Floor Manton Lift
  • Upper Exhibition Gallery

We have a Quiet Room, found on the Main Floor by the Duveens Gallery. It is next to the Play Studio.

This space is to help you take a break. There are sofas, chairs and coffee tables.

We have signs in the gallery to help show you where to go. You can also download a copy of the map onto your phone.

A person looking at a large gallery map

There are wall maps.

Signs in a gallery giving directions to exhibitions and facilities

There are wall signs.

A digital screen showing a schedule of tours

There are digital screens that tell you what's on in the gallery today, including free tours and talks that you can join.

A person's hand picking up a colourful paper map

There are paper maps at both entrances that you can pick up and take with you.

Stairs and lifts

The gallery is over two floors. We have lifts and stairs that can take you between the Lower Floor and the Main Floor.

A person walking up a large black and white spiral staircase

Photo © Tate (Lucy Green)

You can use the Rotunda Stairs.

Staircase with large mural artwork

Photo © Tate (Lucy Green)

You can use the North Stairs.

A lift framed by an orange wall

Photo © Tate (Lucy Green)

You can use the lift.

A lift near the Lower Rotunda goes to the galleries on the main floor and the Members Room on the upper floor.

There is another lift to the galleries on the Main Floor near the Millbank exit.

Seating and portable stools

A person sitting on a bench

Photo © Tate (Lucy Green)

Two people sitting on a sofa

Photo © Tate (Lucy Green)

People sitting on a bench in an art gallery

Photo © Tate (Lucy Green)

We have lots of types of seating.

We have gallery benches. These are found in different rooms all over the gallery if you want to sit down.

We have sofas in the Upper Rotunda near the Millbank Entrance.

A person sitting on a foldable stool in an art gallery with dark blue walls

Photo © Tate (Lucy Green)

We have portable stools.

You can pick them up off a stand and carry them with you so you can sit down wherever you like.

There is always a portable stools stand in the Upper Rotunda, as well as next to the door of any special exhibitions.

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 written on it and are very friendly.

They can take you to a quieter space, and they can answer any questions you might have.

Visitor Assistants can also give you ear defenders, magnifiers, ramble tags or communication cards upon request.

Hands holding a ramble tag placed on a person's arm

Ramble tags

Hands holding a pair of ear defenders

Ear defenders

A person looking at text through a rectangular magnifier

Magnifiers

Yellow and white communication cards attached by a key ring

Communication cards

A person wearing a Tate staff lanyard smiling with a colourful bag that says 'Ask Me'

Photo © Tate (Lucy Green)

This is a Volunteer.

They are members of the public who work for free at Tate as a host or to take people on an art tour.

They are very friendly and will help answer any questions or show you the way around.

They always wear a colourful ‘Ask Me’ bag.

Using communication cards

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.

People in the gallery

There can be a lot of people in the gallery, and sometimes it can get crowded or noisy.

A child drawing using an easel in the gallery

Photo © Tate (Jai Monaghan)

You might see people drawing.

A person taking a photo on a smart phone of a painting in a gold frame on a dark red wall

Photo © Tate (Eugenio Falcioni)

You might see people taking photos.

An adult and a child sitting on the floor in an art gallery drawing with art materials

Photo © Tate (Lucy Green)

You may see families or groups of school children visiting. They may be playing or doing activities.

Art in the gallery

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

A person in a red dress with children sits on a bench in a salon hang gallery looking at historial paintings

Photo © Tate (Madeleine Buddo)

In the Historic and Modern British Art collection on the Main Floor, there is artwork from the Tudor Courts in 1545 all the way until World War II in 1940. There are paintings, sculptures and books that explain British history.

A person crouching to take a photo on their smartphone of a Damien Hirst artwork featuring a sheep

Photo © Tate (Madeleine Buddo)

In the Modern and Contemporary British Art collection on the Main Floor, you will find artwork from 1940s until now. These works can be colourful, abstract, and use lots of different materials including photography, video and sound.

Two people looking at a large painting by JMW Turner

Tate © (Lucy Green)

In the Clore Galleries on the Main Floor, you will find the JMW Turner collection. Turner is known for making paintings and drawings of landscapes, boats and sunrises.

People looking at an artwork that is a large white cast of a staircase

Photo © Tate (Madeleine Buddo)

In the Duveen Galleries on the Main Floor, you will find large artworks.

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You cannot touch the artworks

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You cannot eat in the galleries

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You cannot drink in the galleries

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You can take photos without a flash

Every day there are guided tours and talks in the gallery where staff share stories about artists and artworks. These are free to join.

Tours meet in the Upper Rotunda.

A person in a pink dress presenting a talk to a group of people

© Tate

There is a drawing bar called Tate Draw on the Lower Floor. You can sketch on a digital pad. Finished drawings get projected on the wall.

You can also save your drawing to a phone, or order a T-shirt to wear your creation.

Children drawing on digital screens with digital artworks appearing on the walls of the large curved room

© Rikard Österlund

Sometimes there are events you can join, like a talk or a workshop.

The Djanogly Café is on the Lower Floor.

You can look at the menu before you visit.

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

Family eating in the Djangoly cafe

© photo Rikard Österlund

A person with dark curly hair and a moustache wearing a black t-shirt and a black apron

Tate © (Lucy Green)

This is Café Assistant.

The café is self-service, and the Café Assistant will take payment for any food or drink you wish to buy. They will also take your order for hot drinks at the counter.

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

The Djanogly Café be crowded and noisy some of the time, especially at lunchtime.

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

Water fountains

There are water fountains located next to the Lower Floor toilets and in the Djanogly Café.

Bringing your own food and drink

We have tables and chairs in the Lower Rotunda near the Djanogly Café. You can eat and drink your own food here.

People eating and talking sitting at tables and chairs

Tate © (Lucy Green)

We have outdoor picnic tables and benches on the corner of Millbank and Atterbury Street. You can also eat your own food here.

There is also grass to sit on outside in the gardens, on the corner of Millbank and Atterbury Street.

Two people talking while sitting on grass

Photo © Tate (Lucy Green)

There is a Main Shop on the Upper Floor. There is also a smaller shop by the Manton Entrance on the Lower Floor.

A shop with dark blue walls full of books, postcards, prints and tote bags

Photo © Tate (Lucy Green)

The Main Shop has a big selection of books and prints. It also sells postcards, jewellery and some homeware.

A person with dark curly hair wearing a Tate lanyard working behind a shop till

Photo © Tate (Lucy Green)

This is a Shop Assistant.

They will take payment for anything you wish to purchase at the shop or help with any questions about things you may want to buy.

We have two family spaces.

View of a room with patterns on the walls and bookshelves, with a table and chairs in the foreground

Story Space, Manton Studio, Tate Britain, © Pearl Cook

Story Space

Story Space is a quiet space with soft sofas, bean bags, books to read and drawing activities.

It is found in the Manton Studio on the Lower Floor.

It is open on Thursdays, Saturdays and Sundays and every day during School Holidays.

Play Studio during Queer and Now, June 2023 © Pearl Cook

Play Studio

Play Studio is a space that has toys, drawing, and an interactive green screen.

It is found in the Millbank Studio on the Main Floor.

It is open Friday to Sunday and every day during School Holidays.

If there is 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.

You can exit the building the same way you entered.

We hope you enjoy your visit.

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