Tate Britain
Tate Britain
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10:00 AM - 6:00 PM
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10:00 AM - 6:00 PM
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10:00 AM - 6:00 PM
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10:00 AM - 6:00 PM
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10:00 AM - 6:00 PM
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10:00 AM - 6:00 PM
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10:00 AM - 6:00 PM
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10:00 AM - 6:00 PM
About
The home of British art from 1500 to the present day. Tate Britain holds the largest collection of British art in the world. Walk through the history of British art from 1500 to the present day. See masterpieces by J.M.W. Turner, William Hogarth, John Everett Millais, as well as outstanding modern and contemporary art from Francis Bacon, Barbara Hepworth, David Hockney and Bridget Riley – to name a few. Tate Britain showcases cutting edge British art through its temporary exhibitions and annual art commission.
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Neighbourhood: Pimlico
Time spent in Pimlico is a slower-paced affair than most other Central London neighbourhoods. This largely residential area orderly arranged beside the Thames, is a treasure trove of quaint pubs, subtle architectural charms and local boutiques. Here, art lovers thrill at the chance to visit the world class Tate Britain gallery for its collection of British art from the 1500s to the present. For peace and quiet and some downtime spent along the Thames, Pimlico is highly recommended.
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  • richardmay2016
    Perth, Australia66 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Fabulous way to spend an afternoon.
    We had a couple of hours to kill on a rainy afternoon in London and by accident bumped into this marvellous art gallery. Free to the public and there were quite a few people there, but not enough to make it feel crowded. Just loved going through the 15 rooms (only part of the overall displays) which contained art from the 1500s to today. What an absolutely fascinating way to view artistic styles and tastes and how they changed over the centuries. Can’t say enough positive things about this, what a fabulous way to learn about art, appreciate art and find out a little something about British history and life across the ages. Will recommend this to anyone as a must do when visiting London.
    Visited July 2023
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 27 July 2023
  • Jannerbloke
    Plymouth, United Kingdom13,221 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Good link but poorly organised.
    Spent about 3 hours each on a July weekday at Tate Britain and then Tate Modern. As a member eventually discovered the ferry times and the £7.50 fare. Had been keen to use the water link after seeing the older boat several years ago when it was painted in Tate livery with Damian Hirst coloured spots on the white saloon roof. But now it’s just the regular Clipper boats and the Millbank to Bankside is a slice of its regular run from I think from Richmond to Greenwich. Times were the same. But the fares were all to pot. When I got on they new nothing of the Tate fare and the best deal for me was ‘half price with a travel card’ which turned out to be just over a fiver. But it was a good trip, interesting views from the river, a bit busy but a convenient trip between the Tates neither of which are on a convenient bus link and both are a stiff walk from their respective tube stations at Pimlico and Southwark.
    Visited July 2023
    Travelled solo
    Written 1 August 2023
  • Est
    Skipton, United Kingdom76 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Fantastic
    My daughter wanted to see the Rosetti exhibition. We booked our tickets online before we went. The exhibition was lovely with both poetry and art. Being able to listen to the poetry being read (by standing on sound buttons) whilst looking at artwork was a fabulous experience. My daughter spent 1and 3/4 hours in the exhibition and was so happy when she had finished. She bought a beautiful poetry book and art book as memorabilia of a truly amazing experience that she won’t ever forget. We visited the rest of the museum as well and thoroughly enjoy the whole experience.
    Visited July 2023
    Travelled with family
    Written 2 August 2023
  • stevlee78
    Eastleigh, United Kingdom1,332 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    A classic gallery of art
    If you like art, it’s a really important place to visit, free to enter, very large building and has lots of paintings to view. It’s not the most exciting thing to do in London but if you have a vested interest in artists and paintings then it’s a must do. The gallery itself was also clean and welcoming, the staff friendly and we spent an hour here walking around and seeing some absolute masterpieces (and some we didn’t understand but that’s art)
    Visited August 2023
    Travelled with family
    Written 29 August 2023
  • Gayle Y
    Melbourne, Australia105 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Highly recommend
    The Tate Britain is an easy stroll along the riverbank from Parliament house. It has a beautiful entrance which continues inside. This magnificent building holds modern works of art, as well as traditional. I arrived just after opening, and found there were more staff than visitors, which made for a very pleasant experience for almost 3 hours. There are artworks that will challenge you, amuse you and frankly puzzle you however, for the almost 3 hours I was there, I thoroughly enjoyed the experience. Free to enter.
    Visited August 2023
    Travelled solo
    Written 7 September 2023
  • Rowan W
    9 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    What a great collection!
    Went to see the Rossetti exhibit and it was fantastic. What a fun experience, with tons to see and well curated pieces. This museum also felt far less crowded and more calming, which added to the experience. Would definitely come back.
    Visited September 2023
    Travelled with friends
    Written 24 September 2023
  • brmusicman
    Chicago, Illinois3,057 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Great galleries
    A lovely museum with free entry. The Tate, housed in a gorgeous building, is simple to navigate, with the art arranged in roughly chronological order. I appreciated this, versus a more complex but confusing attempt at narration. I spent most of my visit in the galleries with art from 1920 onward. There are some recognizable works (e.g., Hockney) as well as several artists new to me. There was a nice mix of painting, sculpture, and multimedia. Much like its sister institution, the Tate Modern, the Tate Britain has some of the best descriptions of the art that I have encountered at a museum. They are informative and scholarly without being esoteric. I also appreciate that nearly every work is described, rather than just a few. Access is easy via Victoria or Pimlico tube stations; it's a pleasant little neighborhood to explore before or after your visit. Lovely and recommended.
    Visited September 2023
    Travelled solo
    Written 25 September 2023
  • Monaiv
    San Diego, California95 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Interesting Art and Just the Right Size
    This museum is worth the visit. In past trips to London I have tended to overlook it because it wasn't near to anything else that I wanted to see. However, this trip took the time because I wanted to see the Turner collection. Well the Turner collection was great, I was disappointed that many of the paintings are behind glass. The lighting could be better and the glare distracts from some of the work. That said it is still an incredible collection. I also had not done my homework and didn't realize there was a large collection of Henry Moore that this museum as well. There are many other artists those just happen to be two of my favorites. They did also have some modern art which is not my thing. The museum is a short walk from Victoria line subway station.
    Visited May 2023
    Written 7 October 2023
  • Charlie H
    2 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    an unexpected pleasure
    Definitely a must for the art lover. The one to two hour visit duration is sort of funny since you could really spend the entire day here.the collection is extensive. The pre Raphaelite works are especially enjoyable. I hopped onto a tour that was already in progress so I am not sure the name of the tour guide or the exact title of the tour. The focus seemed to be the depiction of black men and women in British art. THe guide struck just the right balance of talking about the visual aspects of the works and the cultural and social aspects. really fascinating and one of the high points of my visit to London. I only wish i had been with the tour from the start. on a trip where i basically just visited museums for a week, I am glad i included the Tate Britain.
    Visited December 2023
    Travelled solo
    Written 17 December 2023
  • crawford g
    Aberdeen, United Kingdom1,743 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    A truly amazing gallery
    My first return to the Tate for a number of years. Always come to see the Clore with the amazing collection of my favourite Turners. This time I had extra time and ventured into the main collection. The quality and exposition of the art is mind boggling and the notes next to the works are very helpful. An amazing experience. To be repeated!
    Visited January 2024
    Travelled solo
    Written 4 January 2024
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boatdeck
Wanborough, UK16 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jun 2024 • Couples
John Singer Sargent exhibition. The artwork is stunning, unfortgettable, and well presented. Most of the textual information is helpful. But completely jarring and out of context with the era these works were made, is the irritating and borderline scolding crap about cultural appropriation, reference the clothing worn by some subjects from different cultures. Get a grip.
Written 13 June 2024
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MidwestKathM
Detroit, MI1 007 contributions
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Apr 2024 • Couples
Our first visit to the Tate Britain nearly 10 years ago was for the Henry Moore and J.M.W. Turner collections, both of which were spectacular. Our return visit was to see the Sargent and Fashion exhibition. And it didn't disappoint. John Singer Sargent has long been a favorite for his stunning portraits. To see many more portraits, along with some of the original clothing worn by his subjects, enhanced with accessories and other items for context, was a wonderful experience. Some 60 Sargent portraits are on exhibit, a number of which don't travel (or may be in private hands). For that reason along, it's worth seeing! And seeing them in a different setting with more context about the subject and, for some paintings, the actual clothing worn, makes for an experience not often encountered. The curators really were thoughtful in how they set up this show, with the beautiful colors of each gallery, and the quotes and labels. There are many galleries in this exhibition, about a dozen, so you have to pace yourself so you don't run out of gas before the end.
Written 10 June 2024
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James C
33 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Jun 2024 • Couples
A regular visitor. But what is Art these days? Art new just inside the main entrance has some truly appalling exhibits. If a smashed piano is your thing fine but a lot of the new stuff is rubbish. The display boards attempt to explain their hidden meaning!! Thank goodness Turner and Constable are still there.
There are much better art displays in London.
Written 9 June 2024
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LisaandStuEllis
Sutton in Ashfield, UK100 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jun 2024 • Couples
Visiting the Tate Britain was one of the main reasons for our trip to London and we weren't disappointed. Very educational and enjoyable looking at such a range of art from Hockley, Constable, Turner, Hirst, Lowry, Francis Bacon, Lucian Freud and many more. We visited the Djangoli Cafe downstairs too and although quite expensive, was nice. We'd definitely recommend the gallery. Also a walk around Pimlico on a sunny day was very pleasant.
Written 9 June 2024
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Stu151
Wickford, UK1 787 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Jun 2024 • Couples
Excellent, well put together, exhibition of the art of John Singer Sargent and his work as it relates to fashions of the period.

It was interesting to see some of the actual clothes worn together with the paintings, plus explanations of the social background to his work.

The exhibition is entitled "Sargent and Fashion", so this maybe a little unfair; but we thought it could have taken a slightly wider brief and looked at more of his other works, especially given many of his "fashion" paintings are very similar.

Finishes early July.
Written 5 June 2024
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Lily B
2 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2024 • Solo
Went to see the John Singer Sargent & Fashion exhibition. It was absolutely brilliant, lots to see, well worth the money, lots of interesting information
Written 31 May 2024
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Hilary007_11
London, UK280 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2024 • Family
A super greeting, security, staff charming. Into "the basement". Then, the café... A pigeon was flying around the 8nside seating area, rapidly cruised the plastic-to-microwave sandwiches & decided on just a coffee (fine). Walked out to terrace & plastic tables - bombarded by pigeons again, helping themselves to leftvovers on the outside tray rack. Next stop the ladies loos... clean-ish but not fresh. Luckily spied a 1981 Hockney "Metropolitan Opera NY" en route to exhibit. Made my day.
Loved the Sargent. Definitely on a downer: Gift shop & postcards etc not up to museum standards...
The Henry V111 Kings (?) gallery we passed en route out was superb too. Loved the Cholmomdeley Ladies. Superb.
So, guess I'm saying Tate Modern needs a total Masterplan rethink. Why enter through the bowels??? No energy!
Channel the NPG for revived inspiration, a food destination; the V&A for gift shop,
Your exhibitions are very worthy indeed, thank you 😊. But, please... the members & general cafeteria are below par. Call in caterers? I only want a fresh sarnie and a decent, imposing entrance to a glorious gallery / institution 😘

The NPG
Written 27 May 2024
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Museuman
London, UK32 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2024 • Solo
Few exhibitions have divided opinions as much as ‘Sargent and Fashion’. Fashionistas might be disappointed while admirers of bold brushwork should feel they are getting their money’s worth. For clothing to make an impression, it has to look worthy of a museum display. It also has to feature a designer that visitors care about. The House of Worth was a massive phenomenon more than a century ago. Nowadays, only diehard historians of couture will be aware of it. My own lack of awareness extended to discovering that C.F. Worth was a Lancashire man. Because he made his name in Paris, I had always assumed that he was French.

As for the paintings, it’s no wonder this American-born, Continental-raised, British-resident artist was in such demand. ‘Bravura’ is a word often used to describe Sargent’s brushwork. It matches the drama of the subject matter. Whether the sitters were the hereditary titled elite of England or relatively louche newcomers, he gave their image a sense of drama that few other painters could manage. In a confident era of imperial glory, this was the man to deliver an appropriate result. The size of some of his works is as impressive as the assurance of his brushwork. These people dominate the room. They are well worth a visit.
Written 25 May 2024
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gfsc5
Perth, Australia1 786 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2024 • Couples
My wife and I visited this amazing free art gallery for different reasons. She visited the John Singer Sargent exhibition (paid for) while I wandered the remainder of the gallery.

The Sargent exhibition was apparently excellent with some good information available. She spent more time there than initially expected.

I started with the Rex Whistler mural and spent time watching the clever video. Very, very well done and not a knee-jerk reaction to history.

I then wandered through the galleries with older artworks including a room dedicated to William Blake. Very good and lots to see.

Then I got to the more modern artworks with some well known artists on show. Not all to my taste but there's more than enough to keep anyone interested.

Well worth a visit.
Written 23 May 2024
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ParisgalChicagoIL
The Villages, FL722 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2024 • Couples
This glorious exhibit of John Singer Sargent’s oil portraits juxtaposed with Worth gowns dating back 125 years, various hair adornments , jewelry, fans and more tell the story of the rich and famous… and the man who captured them in glorious color. Absolutely stunning and well worth the price of admission!
Written 19 May 2024
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